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Albert José-Antonio López

Ph.D. Candidate in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, MIT

Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

Research Project: The Integrated State: Architecture, Planning, and Politics in Mexico: 1938-1958

Research Interests: Architecture, Urbanism, Graphic Design, Landscape, Regional Planning, Political Economy, Nationalism, State Construction, Professionalization, Political Strategy and Administration


Albert José-Antonio López is a Ph.D candidate in history, theory, and criticism of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research investigates the professionalization of planning in Mexico and the emergence of architects as técnicos within the planning bureaucracies of the mid-century Mexican State.

Since at least the conclusion of the Revolution, certain Mexican architects’ articulated theories of intellectual, aesthetic and political synthesis. These were exemplified first in the discourses of planificación and arquitectura técnica during the mid 1920s through late 1930s and were later refined in the derivative discourses of integracíon plástica and planificación integral that emerged by the mid-1940s. López's investigation focuses on these last two concepts of mid-century Mexican state construction, where he explores architects' use of a synthetic verbal, textual, visual and plastic language in their planning strategies, and how these became critical components of the increasingly technocratic and authoritarian political platform of the Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI) and the construction of an ethos of "integración" as it was defined during the sexenios of Miguel Alemán (1946-1952) and Adolfo Ruíz Cortínes (1952-1958).