Postdoctoral Fellow

National Science Foundation Fellow

Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA, is a practicing architect and scholar on the social and cultural dimensions of informally constructed environments. Trained in photography (The University of Michigan) and Architecture (The University of Texas at Austin), Stiphany earned her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, where she currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Her current study in Brazil uses digital technologies to reveal how people shape housing systems in evolution, and guide the design, construction, and evaluation of urban built environments. Funded by Fulbright, two National Science Foundation Grants, and the Andrea von Braun Foundation, her work is unique for completing connections between ethnographic analysis and data studies for urban design.
Stiphany’s work in Brazil was most recently presented at the United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, and informs a co-authored manuscript forthcoming for a Special Issue about emerging trends in Latin American Housing for the International Journal of Housing Policy (with Peter M. Ward). She also applies her research through a design practice based between Austin, Texas and São Paulo. Latest works include an award-winning social housing project for the Federal District of Brasilia (with SSAU and SIAA) and Caravan, a prototype for mixed-family living arrangements. 





  • PhD The University of Texas at Austin
  • MArch The University of Texas at Austin
  • BFA The University of Michigan
photo of Kristine Stiphany
  • Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Technology
  • Informal Settlements
  • Urban and Modeling and Scenario Planning
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