Luis E. Carranza obtained his B.Arch. at the University of Southern California and his PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University where he teaches, among other things, design studios centered on the process and materialization of design, theory of architecture, the history of modern architecture as a spatial and compositional condition, and courses on Latin American art and architecture. For him, many of these classes aim expand the knowledge of art and architecture as expressive of not only the politics of space and the nature of governance and regulation but also as powerful definers of culture in the 21st century. As part of the studio investigations and seminars on Latin American modern architecture, he has also organized multiple trips with students to Mexico City and Barcelona.
His research and published work focuses primarily on modern architecture and Latin American and Mexican modern art and architecture. This work emphasizes the relationship and codependence of social, literary, philosophical, and theoretical ideas within the historical and material culture of architecture and design. His book on modern architecture in Mexico in the early 20th century, Architecture as Revolution: Episodes in the History of Modern Mexico, is forthcoming from the University of Texas Press (2010).
He has presented lectures on his research at the Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Modern, RIBA, Harvard University, the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Centre Allemand D’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, and other institutions. He has served in design reviews nationally (Harvard University, Columbia University, UC Berkeley, Washington University, CCA, etc.) and internationally (Puerto Rico, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Spain). His published work can be found, among other places, in Guggenheim Museum: The Making of the Modern Museum, Architecture Boston, Luis Barragán: The Quiet Revolution, Casabella, Praxis, Arquiné, Il Giornale Dell’Architettura, Journal of Architectural Education, GA Houses, and Block.