Luis E. Carranza

Luis E. Carranza is Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Professor of Architecture and of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He obtained his B.Arch. at the University of Southern California and his PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Harvard University.

His research and published work focuses primarily on the relationship and codependence of social, literary, philosophical, and theoretical ideas within modern art and architecture in Latin America (with an emphasis on Mexico). This work on these issues can be found throughout his publications such as Architecture as Revolution: Episodes in the History of Modern Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2010) or Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, Utopia (with Fernando Lara, University of Texas Press, 2015).

His current research addresses the radical work of Mexican functionalist architect and painter Juan O’Gorman to be published in Latin America: Experiments in (Radical) Functionalism (forthcoming, 2018), and Carlos Lazo’s work for the SCOP, Mexico’s Department of Communications and Public Works, and his design and production of “civilized caves.”

Modern Architecture in Latin America (University of Texas Press, January 2015)


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4388‑1 Spring 2018
Plastic Modernity: Art, Sculpture, and Cinema in Latin American Architecture
Luis E. Carranza Lecture
114 Avery
M 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A6813‑1 Fall 2017
Radical Functionalism In Latin America
Luis E. Carranza History - Non Western
409 Avery
M 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points