Diana Cristobal Olave is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Architecture. Her research interests bridge histories of science and technology with design and architecture, with a focus on techniques of calculability, standardization, and information visualization. In her dissertation, she examines the impact of the notion of algorithm in a range of architecture and urban design practices under Francoist Spain. She investigates how algorithms projected social and ethical desires through a new kind of drawing practice—a consistent but plastic graphic vocabulary that depicted discrete units and interconnected links. Diana was trained as an architect at Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB). As a Fulbright Fellow she graduated from the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and received an Advance Architectural Research Certificate from the same school. She has practiced as an architectural designer in New York, Spain, and the Netherlands, in addition to teaching in a number of schools of architecture.
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