María González Pendás

Lecturer in Art History Columbia University


María González Pendás received her PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Columbia University. Trained as an architect and a historian, González Pendás explores how architectural practices and designs intersect with politics, technologies, and culture, with a focus on processes of secularization during the second half of the twentieth century in the Iberian World. Her book project, Forms of Technocracy, Discourses of Silence: Building Franquista Spain, examines these dynamics in the context of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship and Spanish modernization. Her next project considers the broader history of the impact of Catholicism on the development of building technologies and narratives of progress, following from her research on the intellectual implications and socioeconomics of labor in concrete shell construction in México. Her work has received the support of the Fulbright Commission, the Temple Hoyne Buell Center and the Graham Foundation, among others, and has appeared in publications including Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1958 and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories.