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James Kalsbeek

Associate Professor of Architecture
Portrait of Penn State Associate Professor of Architecture James Kalsbeek
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James Kalsbeek specializes in topics related to memory and architecture, the mnemonic function of architecture, the history of the memory arts, and the architecture of Rome. He is also engaged in projects of reclamation, reuse, and demolition that dovetail with his research interests in architectural hospice and the palliative care of buildings. His design and reclamation activities, combined with his research on the memory arts, are driven by an overarching concern for how buildings are preserved in the memory, how they help us remembe, and the resulting trauma when they’re lost and forgotten.

  • Education
    • B.ARCH from University of Cincinnati in 1985
    • MS from University of Cincinnati in 1989
  • Courses Taught
    • Basic Design Studio I (Coordinator)
    • Basic Design Studio II (Coordinator)
    • Building Material Reclamation and Reuse (Fall)
    • Theory Seminar: Buildings and Time (Spring)
  • Honors + Awards


    • University Teaching Fellow