Eleni Bastéa was born and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College, and a Master’s of Architecture and a Ph.D. in history of architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including the Graham Foundation Grant and the ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award. Athens, 2009 Photo: M. Forte
Bastéa is the author of The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2000), co-winner of the John D. Criticos Prize, and a finalist for the Sir Steven Runciman Award. The book was also published in Greek (author's translation): Αthens 1834-1896: Neoclassical City planning and Greek National (Libro, 2008). She is also the editor and a contributing author of the anthology Memory and Architecture (University of New Mexico Press, 2004). She is currently working on two books: Time of the Doves: Cultural Exchanges among Greeks and Turks and The Hungry Heart: Feeding the Creative Spirit. She has lectured at several universities in the US and Europe.
Bastéa teaches general courses on the history of architecture, as well as seminars on 19th and 20th century architecture and urbanism, memory and architecture, and contemporary indigenous architecture (co-taught with Professor Ted Jojola). Her new course, "Greece and Turkey, 1922-Present: From Conflict to Rapprochement," offered through the history department, received support from the European Union Center of Excellence (2010). She has joined the team of the British art magazine .Cent as creative associate and architecture editor. Her short story “The High Heels” (2005), written in Greek, won the Navarino Foundation Prize, and is included in a Modern Greek Reader at Dartmouth College. She spends most of her summers in Greece with her family.
Ελενη Μπαστεα, Αθηνα 1834-1896, Νεοκλασικη πολεοδομια και ελληνικη εθνικη συνειδηση (Athens: Libro, 2008). View Kathemerini book review online (Adobe PDF)
Eleni Bastéa, The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000). Co-winner of the John D. Criticos Prize and finalist for the Runciman Award.
“Atina. Sokaga Imgeler Oymak” [Athens. Etching Images on the Street: Planning and National Aspirations], in Sehirler ve Sokaklar, Istanbul, 2007; 35-53. The book, published in Turkish, includes selected essays from Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space, 1994 (see below). View online (Adobe PDF).
“Storied Cities: Literary Memories of Thessaloniki and Istanbul,” in Eleni Bastéa, ed. Memory and Architecture, pp. 191-210. View online (Adobe PDF).
“Dimitris Pikionis and Sedad Eldem: Parallel Reflections of Vernacular and National Architecture,” in The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories, Keith Brown and Yannis Hamilakis, editors (Lanham, MD. and Oxford, UK: Lexington Books, 2003): 147-169. View online (Adobe PDF).
“Regularization and Resistance: Urban Transformation in Late – nineteenth-century Greece,” in Greek Society in the Making, 1863 – 1913: Realities, Symbols, and Visions, Philip Carabott, editor, (Aldershot, UK: Variorum, 1997); 209 – 30.
“Forging a National Image: Building Modern Athens,” in Constructed Meaning: Form and Process in Greek Architecture, Eleftherios Pavlides and Susan Sutton, editors, (Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 1995). Also included in Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 10/11 (1994 – 95): 297 – 317.
“Athens. Etching Images on the Street: Planning and National Aspirations,” in Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space, Zeynep Çelik, Diane Favro, and Richard Ingersoll, editors, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994); 111 – 24.
“Nineteenth-century Travellers in the Greek Lands: Politics, Prejudice, and Poetry in Arcadia.” Dialogos. Hellenic Studies Review, U.K., no. 4 (1997); 47 – 69.
“Professional Sabbatical.” The Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 8: Special Issue (1991): 42 – 5. Winner of the Walter Wagner Education Forum, 1991.
“The Sweet Deceit of Tradition: National Ideology and Greek Architecture.” Twenty One / Art and Culture 1, no. 2 (Spring 1990): 84 – 101.
“Our City: Salonica.” Places 1, no. 3 (Spring 1984): 26 – 32. View online (Adobe PDF).
“Venice without gondolas,” poem and photography, .Cent Magazine, UK, Spring 2009: pp. 86-87. View online (Adobe PDF)
“Looking at Frank Gehry Upside-Down,” .Cent Magazine, UK, Spring/Summer 2008; pp. 66-69. Essay by Eleni Bastéa. Photography by Eleni Bastéa and Mark Forte. View online (Adobe PDF).
“Madeleines and Hummus, Antique Armchairs and Cellphones,” Ambidextrous, Issue 7, Summer 2007, pp. 40-42. Ambidextrous is published in association with the Stanford d.school. View online (Adobe PDF).
“A Place of our own”. Eleni Bastéa with Terron Cox, Paul Gibson, Caroline Itoi, Louvenia Magee, and Jode Nyboer .Cent Magazine, UK, Spring/Summer 2007; pp. 30-34.
“Culture: Shelf Life, Interview with Eleni Bastéa,” Albuquerque, The Magazine, March 2006, p. 114. View online (Adobe PDF).
“The Memory of Buildings,” .Cent Magazine, UK, Spring 2006, Issue 6, pp. 39-42. View online (Adobe PDF).
“The High Heels,” short story [in Greek], Modern Greek Reader, Dartmouth College, 2006. Winner of the 2006 Navarino Foundation Prize. View online (Adobe PDF).
KUNM-Public Radio, “University Showcase,” 30 minutes (4 February 2005) Listen online (12MB, mp3 format).
KUNM-Public Radio, “Women’s Focus,” 60 minutes (8 October 2005).
- World Architecture I & II (2 semesters)
- Modern Architecture
- Contemporary Architecture
- Memory and Architecture
- European Capitals in the 19th Century
- Architectural Journeys
- Contemporary Indigenous Architecture
- Greece and Turkey, 1922-Present: From Conflict to Rapprochement
Professor, Dept. of Art and Art History, UNM
Affiliate faculty, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
Past Executive Board Member, Modern Greek Studies Association
Contributing architecture editor & creative associate, .Cent Magazine (UK)
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- The University of New Mexico
- School of Architecture and Planning, UNM
- Department of Art & Art History, UNM
- Modern Greek Studies Association
- Society of Architectural Historians
- Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
- Mark Forte Photographer and Writer
Eleni Bastéa, Ph.D.
The University of New Mexico
School of Architecture & Planning
2401 Central Ave NE
1 University of New Mexico
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