Alona Nitzan-Shiftan

Biography

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan is an architect and architectural historian. She received her SMArchS and PhD from MIT, and her work was sponsored by CASVA, Getty/ UCLA, and the Frankel Institute at the University of Michigan. Her field of study is the history, theory and criticism of twentieth century and contemporary architecture, with a focus on the politics of architecture and heritage, on art as urban intervention, and on critical historiography, particularly in Israel and the USA. In recent years she was the first chair of the Architecture Program at the Technion, the president of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), and the co-chair of its third thematic conference, Histories in Conflict. She also headed the Architectural Heritage Research Center at the Technion, founded its publication program, and edits its first series edut (testimony).

Publications

 

Edut (testimony) series, founder and editor in chief. First book in the series: Yaakov Ya’ar, The Life—and the Architecture, AHRC Publishing, 2016 (Hebrew)

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“‘Frontier Jerusalem’: The Holy Land as a Testing Ground for Urban Design,” Journal of Architecture, Vol. 16, No. 6, 2011

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“On Concrete and Stone: Shifts and Conflicts in Israeli Architecture,” Traditional Dwelling and Settlement Review, Vol. 21 No. 9, 2009

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“Toward a Civic Modernist Monument: Pei’s East Building and the City of Washington,” in The East Building in Perspective, Studies in the History of Art, ed. Anthony Alofsin, 2009

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“The Walled City and the White City: Dichotomizing Politicized Heritage in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv,” in Perspecta 39, The Yale Architectural Journal, 2007

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“Seizing Locality in Jerusalem,” in Nezar AlSayyad, ed. The End of Tradition, Routledge, 2004

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“Contested Zionism - Alternative Modernism: Erich Mendelsohn and the Tel Aviv Chug in Mandate Palestine,” in Architectural History, vol. 39, 1996 (reprinted and translated to Hebrew and German)

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Profiles

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen
Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
CWAC 258
773.702.0619
Wei-Cheng Lin
Wei-Cheng Lin
Chinese Art and Architecture
CWAC 268
773.702.0268
2006-07
Iowa State University
Assistant Professor, East Asian Art and Architecture
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Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
CWAC 272
773.702.5126