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Yazmín Crespo Claudio

Puerto Rican architect, researcher, educator, and historian. Her scholarship explores architectural and cultural counter-narratives as a collective experience, addressing the relationship between architecture, education, media, and territory. She focuses on pedagogical experiments in Latin America and the Caribbean through an interdisciplinary analysis of objects, methods, media, and sites. Yazmín is the co-founder and director of taller Creando Sin Encargos, a Cambridge/San Juan-based collective dedicated to socio-spatial design for urban justice since 2012. She is also an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, affiliated with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Previously, she was a Lecturer at Harvard GSD and an American Association of University Women Fellow, where she worked towards deconstructing patriarchal education to build a liberating, anti-racist, feminist, and decolonial educational framework. She also served as Chair and Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture at Universidad Ana G. Méndez in Puerto Rico. With over twenty years of experience in the US, Spain, and Puerto Rico, Yazmín's work has been widely published and exhibited, including at the 13th International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning in History and Theory and an MDes from Harvard; a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Architecture from Cornell; and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico.