Margaret Crawford is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Urban Design Program at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in history and theory of architecture, urbanism and urban history and studios focusing on small scale urbanity.
Her research focuses on the evolution, uses and meanings of urban space. Her book, Building the Workingman’s Paradise: The Design of American Company Towns, examines the rise and fall of professionally designed industrial environments. She edited The Car and the City and Everyday Urbanism, and has published numerous articles on shopping malls, public space, and other issues in the American built environment. Her recent work has investigated the rapid physical and social changes in China’s Pearl River Delta. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Crawford was Professor of Urban Design and Planning Theory at the Harvard GSD and, before that, Chair of the History, Theory and Humanities program at the Southern California Institute for Architecture. She has also taught at the University of Southern California, the University of California at San Diego, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Florence, Italy. She has received numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, 2 Fulbright Fellowships to Hong Kong and S.China, Quadrant Fellowship, James Marsden Fitch Foundation grant, and Graham Foundation grants.