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Hannah Ahlblad

Adjunct Professor and Major Advisor

Part-Time Faculty


In 2018, Professor Ahlblad finished graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, and moved to San Francisco to teach and work on sustainable architectural projects for healthcare and education clients. As an undergraduate, she completed coursework in tandem at MIT's Media Lab, School of Architecture + Planning, and Department of Economics.

In New York, she worked with Steven Holl Architects and TEN Arquitectos on projects for NASA, a library in Malawi, and a residential project in Finland. Prior to architecture, she interned on curatorial teams at the Harvard Art Museums and the Museo de Arte de Ponce. Her love of Mexican and Islamic art and architecture, the power of sunlight, people, politics, and languages all infuse her design thinking and current research on the intersection of Cold War politics and modern architecture.


  • Art and Architectural history
  • Illustrating sunlight and space
  • Conceptual model-making

Research Areas

  • Modernist architecture of Iran and South Asia
  • Comparative 20th-century modernism in the Middle East and Latin American
  • Architecture and emotion


  • The University of Texas at Austin, M. Arch, 2018
  • Wellesley College, BA in History of Art, 2014