Natalia Escobar Castrillon

Instructor in Architecture and Urban Planning and Design

Natalia Escobar Castrillón is an Instructor and a senior PhD Candidate in Architecture and Conservation Theory at Harvard University. Since 2015, she teaches the core seminar on conservation theory at the Harvard GSD. She has been a Guest Lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Northeastern University and the Universidad de Sevilla. Natalia holds an MDes in Critical Conservation awarded with Distinction from the Harvard GSD, and an MArch from the Universidad de Sevilla with a stint at École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Strasbourg.

In her research, she theorizes late modern and contemporary architectural conservation projects in which she observes a dialectical understanding of history. The researcher makes use of the theories of history and memory of Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Martin Heidegger in order to establish new theoretical frameworks for a critical conservation theory and practice. Natalia has been the recipient of the TALENTIA Spanish Ministry of Education Grant, and fellowships from the Real Colegio Complutense, the Ecological Urbanism Collaboration at Pekin University, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Foundation, the David Rockefeller Foundation, and the Harvard Asia Center among others.

She is the founder and editor in chief of the conservation journal Oblique. This Journal has been the recipient of the Haskell Award from the AIA New York Center for Architecture (2017) and will be presented this year at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Natalia has been an invited editor of Ediciones ARQ, and has presented her vision as an invited editor of the 2015 Materia Architectura Journal issue 11 “Conservation as an Expanded Field,” the 2015 SAH Conference in Chicago, the 2014 Harvard Bauhaus-Dessau Symposium, and the 2013 book The Preservation Fallacy in the Mediterranean Medina. She has served as a UNESCO consultant intern at the World Heritage Center in Paris and practiced as a licensed architect at ARUP Shanghai and Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop in Scotland.