I am an architect, a historian, and a professor in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University.
After earning degrees from UCLA (Master of Architecture) and Princeton (A.B. and Ph.D.), I worked in architectural practice and taught at several schools and colleges in Los Angeles and New York. At Syracuse I have chaired the Bachelor of Architecture Program, several School of Architecture and University Senate committees, and University Senate meetings as chair of the Senate Agenda Committee. With colleagues from across campus and a grant from the university chancellor I co-founded the Transdisciplinary Media Studio, one of several teaching initiatives I have led. As Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence I am currently conducting a three-year research-and-teaching project on 20th century urban history. Called Upstate Modern, it uses case studies drawn from along the Erie Canal to reconsider the ways we view the history of American cities since the New Deal. For more information, see the teaching pages on this site.
In parallel, I am engaged in several research initiatives addressing the history of modern architecture and urbanism. Topics include work on Buckminster Fuller and concepts of sustainable design, on the Bauhaus architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer, on ornament and modernism, on the interactions between virtual spaces and urban places in political activism, and on methods of historical research. For more information, see the research overview on this site and my profile on Academia.edu.