Natalia Escobar Castrillón is an Architect and Instructor in Architecture Theory at Harvard University. Since 2015, she teaches the core seminar on architectural conservation theory at the Harvard GSD. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Faculdade de Arquitetura de Sao Paulo and at Boston University School of Arts and Architecture. She has also 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 works. She delves into the ideological dimension of architectural conservation and aesthetic practices, and strives to develop a socially inclusive approach to the field by using the tools of architecture and the philosophy of history and memory. Her research project has been funded by the prestigious TALENTIA grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Foundation, the David Rockefeller Foundation, and the Harvard Asia Center, among others. These grants have allowed her to pursue fieldwork in Brazil, Latin America, and China, respectively.
Natalia 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 was presented 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 2017 and 2015 SAH Conferences, 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.