Dana Cuff, professor of architecture and urban design and also urban planning at UCLA, has been honored by Architectural Record magazine with one of its five Women in Architecture awards.

Cuff, who is an expert on affordable housing and who founded and directs cityLAB, was honored in the activist category. A think tank based in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, cityLAB explores the challenges facing the 21st century metropolis through research and design, expanding the possibilities for cities to grow more livably, sustainably and beautifully. 

Founded six years ago, the awards recognize and promote women’s leadership across five categories: design leader, new generation leader, innovator, activist and educator.

Cuff has published and lectured extensively about postwar Los Angeles, modern American urbanism, the architectural profession, affordable housing and spatially embedded computing. She has written several books, including “Architecture: The Story of Practice,” a text about the culture of the design profession, and “The Provisional City,” a study of residential architecture’s role in transforming Los Angeles over the past century. Cuff has also received multi-year awards from the Mellon Foundation to fund UCLA’s Urban Humanities Initiative, a program which researches modern issues in cities such as Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and Mexico City.