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Ignacio G. Galán

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture


Architecture Department


503B The Diana Center



Ignacio G. Galán, is a New York based architect, historian, and educator concerned with the role of architecture in the articulation of societies. His scholarship addresses the relationship between architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, and diverse forms of population transience. His work expands the reach of architectural history through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations.

He is currently completing a book-length manuscript entitled From the Chair to the Nation, which explores the relation between the modernist practices of furniture and interior design developed by Italian architects in the interwar period, the definition of an identity for the young Italian nation, and the politics of fascism. His second book project explores architecture's role in the representation, belonging, and assimilation of Italian migrants in New York City, from Ellis Island to the suburbs. These research projects have resulted in a number publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas.

With his interest on nationalism and migration, he participated in the project After Belonging. Together with the After Belonging Agency, he was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Grant 2015) and an editor of the volume After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit (Lars Muller, 2016).

Galán is also a historian of architecture education, and is a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies. He has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the jury. He is currently one of the editors of the eponymous volume, forthcoming in 2021 by MITP (Graham Foundation Grant 2019). 

As an architect, the designs of his firm [igg-office for architecture] have been awarded in several competitions, including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. 

Galán teaches studios, seminars and lecture courses in a diverse range of topics including curatorial practices, housing, migration, and globalization. Prior to joining the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges in 2016, Galán taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign and served as Assistant instructor at Harvard GSD, Princeton SOA, and ETSAM.

Galán studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated with Distinction from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD, and has a PhD in Architecture History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome and a Fulbright Scholar. 

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