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Ayala Levin
Basic Information
Northwestern University
Assistant Professor
1232 W Hood Ave

Apt 2

Chicago, IL  

Additional Information
About My Work
I am an architectural historian specializing in transnational architectural and urban planning projects in postcolonial sub-Saharan African States. My research and teaching interests include non-western modernisms, and architectural knowledge production as part of north-south or south-south exchange. I am currently completing a book-length manuscript on the export of Israeli architectural and planning development models to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and the Ivory Coast in the 1960s-1970s. In addition, I am co-editing two projects: A Journal of Architecture special issue on the Modern Village, and the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative Systems and the South book project. My next research project will explore the emergence of environmental planning in the US in conjunction with the work of American architects, planners, and landscape architects in Africa from the mid 1950s to the late 1970s. In addition, I have contributed to the Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative.
“South African ‘Know-How’ and Israeli ‘Facts of Life’: The Planning of Afridar, Ashkelon, 1949-56,” Planning Perspectives (forthcoming 2018).

“The Village Within: An Alternative Genealogy of the ‘Urban Village’,” Journal of Architecture (forthcoming 2018).

“Haile Selassie’s Imperial Modernity: Expatriate Architects and the Shaping of Addis Ababa,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75, n. 4 (December 2016): 447-468.

“Basic Design and the Semiotics of Citizenship: Julian Beinart’s Educational Experiments and Research on Wall Decoration in Early 1960s Nigeria and South Africa,” ABE Journal [online] (2016) 9-10.

“Beyond Global vs. Local: Tipping the Scales of Architectural Historiography. ”ABE Journal [online] 8 (2015).
Professional Associations
Society of Architectural Historians

European Architectural History Network