Ayala Levin specializes in architecture and urban planning in postcolonial African states. Her research and teaching interests include twentieth century architecture and urbanism, non-western modernisms, and the production of architectural knowledge as part of north-south or south-south exchange. In addition to her forthcoming book on the export of Israeli architectural and planning models to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Ethiopia in the 1960s-1970s, she is the co-editor of the Journal of Architecture special issue on the Modern Village, and Architecture in Development, an Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative collection of essays. Her next research project explores the emergence of environmental planning in the US in conjunction with the work of American architects, planners, and landscape architects in Africa from the mid 1950s to the late 1970s.
Levin’s research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC-IDRF), and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University, among others. She was a fellow at the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities, and the European Research Council project “Apartheid: The Global Itinerary” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Levin is a board member of Aggregate and co-chaired a project for the Global History of Architecture Teaching Collaborative. She has previously taught at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and Northwestern University.
- Eliezer Schreiber for Egboramy, Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly the University of Ife), Nigeria Faculty of Sciences (c. 1975), contemporary view, photograph by Ayala Levin
- Arieh Sharon, University of Ife Humanities Faculty (c. 1966), contemporary view, photograph by Ayala Levin