Yazmin Crespo

Lecturer in Architecture

Yazmín M. Crespo-Claudio is a Puerto Rican architect, educator, and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her scholarship addresses the relationship between architecture, education, media, and territory, focusing on pedagogical experiments of architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Yazmín is an Assistant Professor and former Director of the Department of Architecture (2014-2018) at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo in Puerto Rico, where she teaches architecture studios, visual thinking and communication, and history and theory courses. She has previously taught studios and seminars at New York Institute of Technology (NYC); Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico; Elisava Escola Universitària de Disseny I Enginyeria de Barcelona; Universidad de Puerto Rico -Recinto Río Piedras; and served as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Design at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico -Recinto Metropolitano. She has been invited to lecture, art and design workshops, seminars, and peer-reviewed conferences in the Americas, Caribbean, and Europe: 27th World Congress of Architects UIA 2021 (Rio de Janeiro), I Congreso Internacional Arquitectura y Persona 2021 (Madrid), LASA 2021: Crisis global, desigualdades y centralidad de la vida (Vancouver), Utopías Líquidas Encuentro Virtual Latinoamericano 2020 (CLEA Latinoamerica y CoLEA Cono Sur), LASA 2020: Améfrica Ladina: vinculando mundos y saberes, tejiendo esperanzas (Guadalajara), 16th Participatory Design Conference PDC 2020 (Manizales), Informal Means: Alternative Design Practices in Latin(x) America 2019 (Harvard GSD), 2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference: New Instrumentalities (Madrid), 2018 OIKONET Global Dwelling, 4th International Conference (Volos), I Encuentro de Innovación Urbana Ciudadana, Placemaking Latinoamérica 2017 (Valparaíso), 2016 ACSA International Conference: Cross-Americas: Probing Disglobal Networks (Santiago de Chile), among others. Also, several universities: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Urbanismo, Arquitectura y Diseños Feministas 2021 FADU.UBA XXXV Jornadas de Investigación (Argentina), Justicia Espacial 2020 Escuela de Arquitectura Vëritas Universidad (Costa Rica), XXXII ELEA Memoria Colectiva Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE (República Dominicana), XXX ELEA Punto de Quiebre Facultad de Arquitectura, Ingeniería Civil y del Ambiente de la Universidad Católica de Santa María (Perú), Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), inter alia.

A former Design Associate at Perkins Eastman (NYC), Yazmín was involved in architecture projects and competitions that received several awards and mentions. The TKTS Booth and the Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square (NYC) has won more than two dozen awards for design, lighting, and technical innovation including Engineering Excellence Award & Diamond Award for Structural Division, ACEC of New York (2010); Public Spaces/Outdoor Merit Winner, Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards (2009); Merit Award in Architecture (2009); and AIANY Design Awards, Best in New York State (2009). The LEED Silver Design and Technology Center on SUNY Campus received the First Niagara and the A-Time-to-Build Award: Best Educational Project under $10 million (2011).

Yazmín co-founded tCSE in 2012, a design and research collective that stands for taller Creando Sin Encargos in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The all-women colectiva has developed several design-build workshops entitled Arquitecturas Colectivas. tCSE is committed to critical thinking, research, exhibit, and advocacy of the Caribbean Imaginary. Past support includes a 2021 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico MAC en el Barrio grant. In 2022, tCSE co-organizes PDC Places Puerto Rico – COUNTERnarratives: Social Assemblages for the Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2022 (New Castle University, The University of Edinburgh, and RMIT University). Yazmín’s works, exhibitions, and writings were widely published (Bitácora Urbano Territorial Bogotá (co-authored) Polimorfo Journal, Revista Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño (co-authored), ACSA Paper Proceedings, Informa, Entorno, 80grados, etc.) and exhibited (Storefront for Art and Architecture, Escuchando Las Voces: 1era Exposición Diseño Comunitario Y Participativo en Puerto Rico, Tercera Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, Changing Roles-Changing Views: A Woman’s New York 1900-1940 (co-curated), and more.) With Omayra Rivera Ph.D., Yazmín co-authored the chapters: “Art-based methods: Collage and Putting it together and taking action: Design-Build with Children to Revive Remnant Public Spaces, San Juan, Puerto Rico” in Placemaking with Children and Youth: Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities (New York Press).

Yazmín holds a Master’s in design studies in History and Theory of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the Universidad de Puerto Rico’s School of Architecture. In 2020, Yazmín completed a secondary field in Film and Visual Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her doctoral research has been supported by fellowships from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.