Valentina Rozas-Krause is an assistant professor in design and architecture at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, in Chile. She is an architect and a historian of the built environment who focuses on global cultural practices across the Americas and Europe. Her most recent publications include the essay “Decolonizing Architecture?” in ARQ (2022) and the coedited Breaking the Bronze Ceiling: Women, Memory, and Public Space (Fordham University Press, 2024).
At Radcliffe, Rozas-Krause is working on “Memorials and the Cult of Apology,” which examines the role that memorials play in symbolic and material reparation after political conflicts. Through case studies located in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Detroit, and San Francisco, the book builds an empirical and theoretical understanding of multiple aspects of apology and memorialization, of their material forms, the actors involved, and the diverse effects built apologies produce. The work incorporates methods, readings, and theories from postcolonial theory, Holocaust scholarship, and debates about reparation.
Rozas-Krause recently completed a Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. She holds a PhD in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in urban planning and a BArch from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research has been supported by the Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo, in Chile; the German Academic Exchange Service; the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship; and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.