History of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History and Theory, US Built Environment Studies, Urbanism in China
- Ph.D. Urban Planning, UCLA
- Graduate Diploma, Architectural Association
- A.M. Harvard University
- B.A. UC Berkeley
Margaret Crawford teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, and urban history as well as urban design and planning studios focusing on small-scale urbanity and postmodern urbanism.
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. Crawford is also known for her work on Everyday Urbanism, a concept that encourages the close investigation and empathetic understanding of the specifics of daily life as the basis for urban theory and design. In 2005, Doug Kelbaugh characterized Everyday Urbanism as one of three contemporary paradigms of urbanism on the cutting edge of theoretical and professional activity.
Another interest is Los Angeles urbanism, which led to The Car and the City: The Automobile, the Built Environment and Daily Urban Life, edited with transportation planner Martin Wachs. She has also published numerous articles on immigrant spatial practices, shopping malls, public space, and other issues in the American built environment. Since 2003, Crawford has been investigating the effects of rapid physical and social changes on villages in China’s Pearl River Delta.
Prior to coming to Berkeley, Crawford was Professor of Urban Design and Planning Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, 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, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Florence, Italy. Crawford has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Quadrant, James Marsden Fitch Foundation, and Graham Foundation.
- Courses Taught
ARCH 170B Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism from 1750 to the Present
ARCH 219 Listening to the City
ARCH 279X Rethinking Suburban History
ARCH 279X/CY PLAN 290 Histories and Theories of Urban Intervention
ARCH 219 Publics and Their Spaces
ARCH 179 Change and Mobility in the American City
- Selected Publications
Nansha Coastal City: Landscape and Urbanism in the Pearl River Delta (with Alan Berger), 2004
Everyday Urbanism (with John Chase and John Kaliski), 2000
Everyday Urbanism: Margaret Crawford vs. Michael Speaks (Rahul Mehotra, editor), 2005
"Contesting the Public Realm; Struggles over Public Space in Los Angeles," Journal of Architectural Education, 1995
"On Public Space, Quasi-Public Space and Public Quasi-Space," Modulus, 1995
"Daily Life on the Home Front: Women, Blacks, and the Struggle for Public Housing," in World War II and the American Dream: How Wartime Building Changed A Nation, edited by Donald Albrecht, 1995
"Mi Casa es su Casa: The Politics of Everyday Life in East Los Angeles," Assemblage, 1994
"The World as a Shopping Mall," in Variations on a Theme Park: Scenes from the New American City, edited by Michael Sorkin, 1992
"Can Architects be Socially Responsible?" in Out of Site: A Social Criticism of Architecture, edited by Diane Ghirardo, 1990