Marie Saldaña
is a designer and historian. She earned an M.A. in Archaeology at Durham University and holds an M.Arch. and Ph.D. in Architecture from UCLA. Her research focuses on the lives and built environments of 18th century settlers the Rio Grande in Texas and New Mexico, exploring how identities and spaces were shaped by the experience of living at the peripheries of empire. Specifically, she is interested in the Rio Grande as an ecological, social, and historical vector that influenced ways of placemaking in the far north of mid-18th century New Spain.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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