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Assistant Professor of Architecture and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies

Ettore Santi is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and in the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies. Ettore’s work connects studies of the built environment with debates in rural geography, agrarian political ecology, and the environmental humanities.

His current book project “The Architecture of Agribusiness: The Corporate Reinvention of China’s Rural Environment” offers an ethnographic account of how architects, planners, and state experts are redesigning China’s rural villages into spaces for food extraction and ecotourism. This project received support from the Mellon Foundation and the Luce Foundation at the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation at the Social Sciences Research Council, the Graham Foundation, and China’s National Science Foundation.

Ettore’s teaching centers on questions of environmental justice in rural contexts of the United States and globally. He designed and taught courses in partnership with community groups in rural California and New England, taking over issues related to agribusiness expansion, food extraction, water scarcity, Indigenous politics, seasonal immigrant farm labor, and rural homelessness.

Ettore holds a Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory from UC Berkeley, a M.Arch from Tongji University of Shanghai and a M.Arch from Polytechnic University of Milan. He has worked as a designer, consultant, curator, and educator in China, Italy, and the United States.

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ACLS / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies

SSRC / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Sciences Research Council

ACLS / Henry Luce Foundation – Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Grant in China Studies, American Council of Learned Societies

Graham Foundation – Carter Manny Award Citation of Special Recognition

China National Natural Science Foundation – Research Fund (Co-P.I.)

John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies

Pamela and Kenneth Fong Graduate Student Fellowships, UC Berkeley’s Center for Chinese Studies

Spiro Kostof Grant in Architectural History, UC Berkeley

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (select):

  • Francesca Piazzoni, Jocelyn Poe, and Ettore Santi, “What Design for Urban Design Justice?,” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (June 1, 2022): 1–22
  • Santi, Ettore. “Uncertainty and Design Practice in China. The ‘Apparatus’ of Shanghai Experimental Architecture.” Journal of Architecture and Urbanism Vol. 41, no. 2 (April 3, 2017): 120–28

Essays (Select):

  • Santi, Ettore. “Redesigning the Rural. System Thinking and China’s Agrarian Modernization” in Platform, a digital forum for conversations about buildings, spaces, and landscapes (February 2022)
  • Santi, Ettore and Chandra Laborde. “Queer Lands: Gendered Experiments in two Green Heterotopias.” Queer Ecologies, you are here – a journal of creative geography (June 2022)
  • Santi, Ettore. “Yet Another Land Revolution” in Luigi Tomba and Oliver Krischer (eds.) Shades of Green, Made in China Journal, 20–25, Sydney University Press (June 2020).

Book Chapters:

  • 2022 Woodoworth, M., Xuefei Ren, Jesse Rodenbiker, Ettore Santi, Yining Tan, Li Zhang, Yu Zhou, “Researching China during COVID-19 Pandemic,” in Stanley Brunn (ed.), COVID-19 and an Emerging World of Ad Hoc Geographies, Springer (In Press, 2022)

Editorial Work (select):

  • Santi, Ettore and Xuan Chen, eds. “The City and the Environmental Humanities,” Urban Planning International (In Press, 2024)
  • Education

    Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Architecture (History, Theory, and Society)
    M.Arch., Tongji University, Shanghai
    M.Arch., Polytechnic Institute of Milan

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