Texas Tech University

Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
M. Arch, The University of Texas at Austin
B.F.A, University of Michigan

Chapa Civic Data Lab

Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA, APA is the Founder of CHAPA Civic Data Lab. She examines the spatial politics of design in global and urban peripheries, which she has explored through research, publication, activism, and community-led projects. She is known for leading complex transdisciplinary collaborations that create connections between data, social justice, and urban transformation. Dr. Stiphany has written peer reviewed articles on informal housing and infrastructure, urban policy and transformation, and Latin American urbanism for Urban Studies, Journal of Architectural Education, and Latin American Research Review, among others.

The American Planning Association recognized her with a 2018 Technology Division Award for the creation of the participatory data visualization tool ComuniDADOS, first launched at the 2016 UN Habitat conference in Quito.

Dr. Stiphany was awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship in 2008 to study at the University of São Paulo's Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. In 2011, she received a grant from the Andrea von Braun Foundation. She is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants (2014, doctoral; 2015 – 2017, postdoctoral). In 2009, she was named an Alcoa innovator in design for social innovation. Dr. Stiphany's design activism was recognized by the Texas Society of Architects (2020 Studio Award) and the Environment and Design Research Association (2020 Great Places Honorable Mention) for her firm's work on the Brownie Neighborhood Park project.

Dr. Stiphany graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Architecture and Doctorate in Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Austin. She is an Assistant Professor and Lead of the Latin American Urban Design Lab at Texas Tech University, where she teaches engaged-pedagogy studios in Brazil (2018), Ecuador (2019) and Mexico (2020), and research clusters in the areas of informal housing and design justice. Dr. Stiphany is a registered architect in Texas and a principal of the collaborative practice SSAU.



Recent publication in Journal of Planning Education and Research
2020 São Paulo Topical Studio work
Principal Investigator, Latin American Urban Design Lab