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Marie Saldaña, M.Arch., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Interior Architecture

Marie Saldaña is an architectural historian and designer. Her research investigates the landscapes, buildings, and families of Spanish and Mexican ranching in the Southwest. Her creative work is centered on practices of drawing as a means of understanding and interpreting historical spaces.

She has published work on the procedural modeling of ancient cities and 3D reconstruction of the historical built environment, and has taught digital history and spatial humanities at Stanford University, Rice University, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.




  • Ph.D. Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.Arch., Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Archaeology, Durham University, Durham, UK
  • B.A., Humanities/Music, University of Southern California

Expertise & Interests

  • Northern New Spain: architecture, landscape, social history, interiority
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Expanded modes of historical research, interpretation, and storytelling

Courses Taught

  • IARC 275 – People, Spaces, Experiences & Politics
  • IARC 276 – Context/Concept/Input/Interaction
  • IARC 425 | ARCH 523 – Research Methods for Designers
  • IARC 425 | ARCH 523 – Interior Perspectives on Art