Greg Castillo received a B.F.A. in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1975, an M.A. at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California in 1978, an M.Arch at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1995, and a Ph.D. in architectural history at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000. He has taught architectural history at the University of Miami School of Architecture and at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney, where he remains a research associate at the United States Studies Centre. He has received grants and fellowships from the German Fulbright Fund, the Getty Research Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the Ford Foundation, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauchdienst.
Professor Castillo's research explores the influence of the cold war on design discourses and practices in the first and second worlds. His first book, Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design, published by the University of Minnesota Press, examines domestic material culture as a theater of operations for superpower conflict and influence. A second book project, Cold War under Construction: Architecture and the Cultural Division of Germany, investigates contesting postwar visions of urban reconstruction, historical memory and political economy. Castillo is also collaborating on two anthologies: Architectures of Americanization (co-edited with Paolo Scrivano), which surveys case studies in the transfer, appropriation and repudiation of US postwar design, and Soft Power Culture (co-edited with Gay McDonald), which reviews strategies and outcomes of cultural diplomacy from the cold war to the present.
Castillo was a visitor of the US Studies Centre in 2010.
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by Associate Professor Greg Castillo