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Washington State University
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housing, public housing, segregation, Black architects, architecture, United States, redlining, insurance
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About Me

Kristina Borrman is Assistant Professor of Architecture History at Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction. Borrman’s research explores the American housing crisis of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is currently a long-term fellow at the Huntington Library, where she is writing her second book manuscript “Banking by Design: Paul Revere Williams and the Architectures of Financial Activism.” Borrman’s first book manuscript “The Open Housers: The Struggle to Desegregate Public Housing in the United States” is under review with University of Pittsburgh Press for their Race, Culture, and the Built Environment Series.

Recent Publications

“Naming, Blaming, and Claiming: The Columbus Monument and the Struggle for Diversity Rights in Syracuse, New York,” Panorama, Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art (Nov. 2022)

“Studying Friendship in Housing: The School of Architecture at MIT in the Postwar Years,” Journal of Urban History (Nov., 2020)

“One Standardized House for All: America’s Little House,” Buildings and Landscapes, Vol. 24, No. 2, Fall 2017

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Material Culture, Race, Urban History