Lukasz Stanek is the 2011—2013 A. W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery in Washington. He graduated in architecture and philosophy after studies and research in Kraków, Weimar, Münster, and Zurich. After his doctorate at the Delft University of Technology (2008) he was teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich. He received fellowships at the Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht), the Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris, and the Canadian Center for Architecture (Montreal).
Besides publications in books and journals, Stanek authored Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) which discusses Lefebvre’s engagements into architecture culture and empirical urban studies in post-war France, and argues the relevance of Lefebvre’s theory for urban research and design today. Stanek is currently editing Henri Lefebvre’s unpublished book about architecture, Vers une architecture de la jouissance (1973).
Stanek’s second field of research is the export of architecture and urbanism from socialist countries to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East during the Cold War, and its consequences for global processes of urbanization. He curated the exhibitions PRL™ Export Architecture and Urbanism from Socialist Poland (Warsaw Museum of Technology, 2010) and Postmodernism Is Almost All Right. Architecture After Socialism and the Postcolonial Experience (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2011). A themed issue of The Journal of Architecture focused on architecture export from socialist Europe, co-edited by Stanek, is forthcoming in 2012.