October 10, 2012
UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Architecture C. Greig Crysler has been appointed the Arcus Chair in Gender, Sexuality, and the Built Environment.
The Arcus Chair was endowed in 2011 through a $1 million gift from Jon Stryker (M.Arch ’89) matched by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Named after the Arcus Foundation, a private philanthropic organization founded by Jon Stryker, the chair is a continuation of his commitment to the College of Environmental Design. In 2000, Stryker established CED’s Arcus Endowment, a unique fund that has supported a wide array of activities at the intersection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues and architecture, city and regional planning, and landscape architecture.
Greig Crysler has led the Arcus Endowment over the past few years, supporting research, awards, installations and exhibits, and a visiting scholar-in-residence program. Professor Crysler obtained his professional degree in architecture from the Architectural Association in London, and has extensive experience in architectural practice in Canada and the UK. He completed his Ph.D. in the Graduate Program in Architectural History and Theory at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Professor Crysler’s research focuses on the history of architectural theory, and the role of architecture in processes such as nationalism, globalization, and the cultural politics of difference. His published research includes articles for the New Art Examiner, Afterimage, a/r/c, Art Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and a range of edited collections.
In his teaching, Professor Crysler leads students in exploring the intersection between architecture, ethics and activism. He served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies from 2008-12, during which time undergraduate services in the CED were restructured, plans for a fourth major in sustainability were developed, and a framework for renewing the college-wide lower division curriculum was implemented.
Professor Crysler is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council; the Graham Foundation; The Townsend Center at UC Berkeley; the Program for Inter-institutional Collaboration (PIERAN), Mexico. His published work includes numerous journal articles a range of edited collection He has received the Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Architectural Education and the Kolodny Prize for Best Paper in Environmental Studies from the American Studies Association. He is the author of the book, Writing Spaces: Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment, 1960-2000 (2003) and is co-editor, with Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen, of the Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory (2011). He is currently completing two co-authored books. The first, with the cultural geographer Shiloh R. Krupar is entitled, Museum of Waste: Ecology/Capital/Sovereignty, that explores the interplay between spectacle, globalization and the built environment in the context of recent debates around risk, political economy and citizenship. The second project, undertaken with scholars in Mexico and Canada, is part of a larger initiative concerned with the social life of aesthetics.