History Theory Experiments is excited to welcome James Graham, who is joining the California College of the Arts faculty as an assistant professor. Beginning September 2020, James will be the co-director, with Irene Cheng, of History Theory Experiments and its affiliated degree program, MAAD HTX.
James is an architect, historian, and editor, having previously been director of the Columbia Books on Architecture and the City publishing imprint and founding editor of the Avery Review; most recently, he was a fellow at the Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris during 2019–2020. James’s research and teaching interests include the intersections of architecture and applied psychology, climatic imaginaries and environmental thinking, and the dynamics of global modernization. In addition he both teaches and writes about architecture’s discursive forms, whether as editorial platforms or experiments in digital and print publication.
James’s current projects include research and writing on the links between architectural modernism and occupational therapy, the architectural history of coal extraction in Appalachia, and questions of agriculture and territorial cultivation in Soviet constructivism. At the CCA he will be teaching in the history sequence as well as topical seminars.