Greig Crysler, Arcus Chair of Gender, Sexuality & The Built Environment and Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design, was selected as one of two recipients of the 2017 Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity. The award is presented annually to a distinguished faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley based on outstanding contributions in enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence by providing leadership to advance equitable access to education, addressing the needs of California's diverse population through public service, or highlighting inequalities through rigorous scholarly research.
The distinguished recognition includes a $10,000 grant that will be placed into a departmental account for the faculty member to continue efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion. “The selection committee was inspired by your visionary leadership of the Arcus
Endowment and by your powerful community engagement, mentorship, and teaching,” wrote Oscar Dubón, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion. “Your work has truly made the University of California, Berkeley a richer and more inclusive place.”
Crysler holds the Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment which is named for the Arcus Foundation, a private philanthropic organization founded by CED Department of Architecture graduate Jon Stryker that advances social justice and conservation issues internationally. As Arcus Chair, Crysler leads an overlapping program of teaching, research and service concerned with activism and the spatial politics of urban life. Two seminars act as exploratory frameworks for Crysler’s research on activism. In the Fall semester, he offers Spatial Politics and the Global City. In the 2016-17 academic year, the course focuses on dispossession, ranging from landscapes of foreclosure and ecologies of risk, to those of legal exception, graduated citizenship and the “undercommons.” The course examines the intersections between neoliberalism and the governmentality of debt, ecological change, and transformations in the public sphere (with specific emphasis on the public university) over the last four decades. Processes of dispossession are traced into urban and architectural conditions defined by displacement, abandonment, and privatization, and examined in relation to the spatial responses of the “new public art,” and a wide range of approaches commonly grouped under “design activism.” The seminar, open to all graduate students and advanced undergraduates, is at once a laboratory for rethinking the relationship between theory and practice; a comparative inquiry into the role of space and creative agency in contemporary political dissent; and a context for speculation on the role of ethics in the global present.
Crysler will be awarded at a reception and ceremony in early spring 2018.