Christina E. Crawford is an architect, urban designer and historian of urban form whose work focuses on design in transitional periods. As a PhD Candidate in Architectural History and Theory at Harvard University, she is exploring the foundations of early Soviet urban theory and practice in three seminal industrial sites: Baku, Magnitogorsk and Kharkiv. Christina is an active participant in the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative: Reconceptualizing the Urban as a teaching fellow and collaborator for the Moscow portal. She is also the Sidney R. Knafel Dissertation Completion Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs for 2015-16.
Christina received her B.A. in Architecture and East European Studies from Yale University, and her M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; all degrees were conferred with Distinction. She served as Vice Consul in the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, where she researched post-Soviet Ukrainian architecture and urbanism. She has presented her work at conferences in Russia, Ukraine, the UK and the US, and has essays forthcoming in Future Anterior, Harvard Design Magazine, and the Journal of Urban History.
Prior to returning to Harvard, Christina worked as an architect and urban designer in Boston and taught architectural history and theory at Northeastern University. Her professional work included designs for discrete architectural projects, master plans for local municipalities and open space design for a waterfront city in Dubai, UAE.
She is a Registered Architect, a Graduate Student Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.