Ayala Levin

2016-2017 Princeton-Mellon Fellow

Ph.D. History and Theory of Architecture, Columbia University


Ayala Levin is an architectural historian specializing in architectural and urban planning international aid in postcolonial African states. In her dissertation, which she has recently completed at Columbia University, she critically examines the export of Israeli architectural and planning development models to Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ethiopia in the 1960s-1970s. At Princeton, Levin will continue to explore architectural aid in the global south as a site of knowledge production by situating 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.

Levin has received various grants and awards, including Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC-IDRF), and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University. She is a contributor to the Systems and the South project of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, and a project co-chair in the Global History of Architecture Teaching Collaborative. Before joining the Princeton-Mellon Initiative, she has taught at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, and held a European Research Council postdoctoral position at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Please follow the link to Levin's recent article --"Haile Selassie's Imperial Modernity: Expatriate Architects and the Shaping of Addis Ababa" -- in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians: