Dr. Daniela Ortiz dos Santos

E-Mail OrtizDosSantos@kunst.uni-frankfurt.de

Raum 316
Telefon 23468


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Online consultation hours:

- Wednesday 18 November 2020: 14h30-17h30
- Wednesday 09 December 2020: 14h30-17h30
- Wednesday 13 January 2021: 14h30-17h30
- Wednesday 27 January 2021: 15h45-17h30
- Wednesday 03 February 2021: 14h30-17h30

Observation: I kindly ask the students to contact me via e-mail, informing the selected date as well as the topic to be discussed. Students will receive a reply with a link for the virtual talk. 

What Kind of Cities do We Want to Live In?
Webinar / Wednesdays 12h15-13h45
09 December 2020: Clouds of the City Center: Silent Vestiges of Rio de Janeiro by Pilar Tejero
20 January 2021: Talk with Daniela Brasil (title to be announced)
27 January 2021: Images of a mood: Architecture and representation at the Italian dopoguerra by David Escudero
Further Info:

Coffee & Cookie Talks goes Virtual
Open Consultation Hour for Master Students
Wednesday 27 January 2021 : 14h15-15h45

Daniela Ortiz dos Santos is an architect and an architectural historian, whose work is at the crossroads of the cultural studies of art, literature and architecture. She studied Architecture and Urbanism in Buenos Aires (UBA) and in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and received her PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from the ETH Zurich.

She was awarded funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and from the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) to investigate in her doctoral dissertation the several dimensions of travel in architectural modernity, with a particular focus on Le Corbusier's voyages immobiles to the Americas in the twenties.

Daniela is the author of Invisible Files in Visible Institutions: Notes on Max Cetto’s Papers (CRITIQUE D’ART, 2020), Blaise Cendrars et Le Corbusier: villes et voyages utiles (KOMODO21, 2018), co-author of the book chapter Fazer por cronologias: Por uma historia escrita nos corpos (EDUFBA, 2019).

She conceived with Carsten Ruhl, Oliver Elser and Christiane Salge the CCSA Bauhaus Lectures at the DAM in Frankfurt am Main, co-curated with Samia Henni, Jacqueline Maurer and Andreas Kalpakci the exhibitions "gta Films" at the gta Exhibitions of the ETH Zurich (2017) [exhibition catalogue here] and "Moving Constructions" [audio recording here] at the Garagem Sul in Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon (2019).  The results of the gta Films project appeared in the 3rd volume of the journal gta Papers by the gta Verlag (2019).

She was principal investigator of the project Calles del Sur supported by the City on the Move Institute, which resulted in the contribution for the publication Ganar la Calle! Compartir sin dividir (2009).

Her research and teaching activities have focused on understanding and questioning twentieth-century architecture and its historiography, transatlantic displacements and the multifaceted narratives in which modern architects and architectural historians interpreted the past and their present times. She has also been interested in examining how ideas and people that have shaped the domain of architecture circulated within and between Europe and the Americas. Her work has also appeared in international conference proceedings organized by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), the Documentation and Conservation of the buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO), the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH, forthcoming) and the Iberian-American Network of Urban History.

Daniela was a PhD Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (CCA, 2012), a Fellow at the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris (FLC, 2005-2006). She is an Associate Fellow at the laboratório de estudos urbanos (leU-UFRJ) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as well as a member of the Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers GRADE Center Gender at the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies of the Goethe University Frankfurt. 

Prior to Frankfurt, Daniela Ortiz taught in Architectural Schools in Rio de Janeiro and Zurich. She was invited to deliver lectures, talks and papers at the gta Institute/ETH Zurich, the graduate program in Urban Design and the School of Architecture of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, the Middle East Technical University, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Politecnico di Milano and the Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa and the Universidade Federal da Bahia.



Her forthcoming publications include:

 “Rewriting Landscapes of the Honorable Cannibal: Le Corbusier and Modern Visions of the World to Come” (2020), in Kirsten Kramer, Marius Littschwager and Julian Gaertner (eds.), Traveling, Narrating, Comparing. Travel Narratives of the Americas from the 18th to the 20th Century. Goettingen: at Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020

Bauhaus Clouds (2020), proceedings of the CCSA Bauhaus Lecture Series, co-edited with Carsten Ruhl and Oliver Elser, Weimar: MBOOKS, 2020.

Academic Research and Specialty Areas

  • Architectural and urban history
  • Architectural and urban historiography
  • Architectural and urban theories
  • Architectural archives/archiving architecture
  • Questions of travel and displacement
  • Cultural history of the Atlantic World


  • 2012/15: SNF Research Scholarship, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland.
  • 2012: CNPq Scholarship Program for Full Doctoral Studies Abroad, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development CNPq, Brazil.
  • 2012: CCA Collection Research Grant, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Canada.
  • 2011: PhD Scholarship, Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich.
  • 2008/09: CAPES Scholarship for Master Students, Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education, Brazil.
  • 2007: FAPERJ Research Scholarship, Carlos Chagas Filho Foundation for Research Support in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Research Project ‘Centralidade Urbana do Rio de Janeiro: Iconicidade, poiesis e sociabilidade nos espaços públicos’, headed by Prof. Dr. R. Segre, UFRJ, Brazil.
  • 2005/06: Programme Bourses Jeunes Chercheurs, Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris, for the Research Project ‘Le Corbusier et le Brésil: les corps à réaction poétique’.
  • 2005/06: Resident at the Maison du Brésil, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France.
  • 2001/04: Scientific Initiation Scholarship, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Rio de Janeiro, for the Research ‘Brazilian Residences of the 20th Century’, headed by Prof. Dr. B. Oliveira, UFRJ, Brazil.

Honours and Awards

  • 2019: Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia Funding and Cultural Promotion for the exhibition and workshop “Moving Constructions: Films from the Architecture Archive of gta/ETH Zurich”at the Garagem Sul – Architecture Exhibitions of the Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal on February 2019.
  • 2008: Honourable Mention received from the Brazilian Architects Institute in Rio de Janeiro (IAB-RJ), for the research project on Brazilian Modern Houses, carried out at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (w/ B. Oliveira), Brazil.
  • 2002: Honourable Mention received at the 24th UFRJ Scientific Initiation Program for the research developed on Brazilian Architect A. E. Reidy, Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 2002: Design Project of the chair "Blanc et Rouge" selected to participate in the 4th Design School's Award, Liceo de Artes e Oficios da Bahia, Brazil.