Cristóbal Amunátegui specializes in the history of early modern and modern European architecture. His recent research investigates architecture’s intersections with art, trade, and technology in nineteenth-century France, focusing on emerging modalities of patronage and representation during France's transition from the Second Empire to the Third Republic. Other research and teaching interests include the early modern history of techniques, modernism and its twentieth century corollaries in architecture, and the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century historiographies across disciplines. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the relationship between buildings, crowds, and speculation in 1860s-80s France.
Amunátegui’s essays and book reviews have appeared in AA Files, Faktur, and Critical Inquiry among others. His past editorial work includes the journal Potlatch (Columbia GSAPP), and his membership in the editorial board of the journal ARQ (Santiago, Chile). He has previously taught at Columbia University and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2011 Amunátegui co-founded the office Amunátegui Valdés, which comprises the architectural work he and Alejandro Valdes have developed since 2004.