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College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Mail Stop 42091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu

Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA, APA

Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D. in Urban Planning, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M Arch The University of Texas at Austin
  • BFA The University of Michigan

Research Areas

  • Latin American Architecture, Urbanism, and Urban Governance
  • Infrastructure Cultures and Housing Systems related to Informality
  • Participatory Technologies for Civic Decision-Making and Urban Design


Kristine Stiphany is a registered architect and founder of the Chapa Urban Lab in São Paulo, Brazil, formed when she was a National Science Foundation SBE postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin (www.chapa.io). Stiphany holds a PhD in Urban Planning (2015) and a Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. Since her tenure as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of São Paulo Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (2008), Stiphany's research and practice have focused upon the intersection of computational thinking for social equity in urban built environments, especially large Latin American cities. At Texas Tech, Kristine Stiphany teaches a graduate seminar Technology, Society and the City, and graduate service learning studios in Latin America, related to resiliency for postindustrial corridors in comparative perspective (São Paulo / sp2018; Quito and Portoviejo / sp2019).

Stiphany's current practice includes an Accessory Dwelling Unit in Austin, Texas, and the urban design of Brownie Neighborhood Park for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the North Lamar Neighborhood Association.

Select Publications

  • Kristine Stiphany. 2019. Autoconstrução: Rethinking Brazil's Possible Architecture. Journal of Architectural Education. Accepted and forthcoming in the Special Issue: Labor.
  • Kristine Stiphany. Accepted, forthcoming. Latin American Urbanism After a Right to the City. Latin American Research Review.
  • Kristine Stiphany and Peter M. Ward. Autogestão in the Era of Mass Housing: Brazil's Minha Casa Minha Vida Entidades Program. International Journal of Housing Policy https://doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2018.1540739
  • Abigail Friendly and Kristine Stiphany. 2018. Paradigm or Paradox? The 'Cumbersome Impasse' of the Participatory Turn in Brazilian Urban Planning. Urban Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018768748
  • Coleman Coker and Kristine Stiphany. 2018. The Farm Rover Case Study in Bryan Bell and Lisa Abendroth (eds.) The Public Interest Design Education Guide Book (New York: Routledge).
  • Kristine Stiphany, Peter M. Ward, Steven A. Moore. 2017. National Science Foundation #1513395 Final Report. Situated Data: Constructing Empirical Decision-Making in Consolidated Brazilian Informal Settlements.
  • Kristine Stiphany. 2016. Aligning Disconnected Frames in Action: The Case of São Paulo's Zeladoria Ambiental in Steven A. Moore (ed.) Pragmatic Sustainability (New York: Routledge) pp. 191 – 206.