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James Kalsbeek

Associate Professor
Portrait of James Kalsbeek
322 Stuckeman

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
    • M.S., Architecture, University of Cincinnati (1989)
    • B.Arch., University of Cincinnati (1985)
  • Courses Taught
    • ARCH 131s: Basic Design Studio I (Coordinator)
    • ARCH 132: Basic Design Studio II (Coordinator)
    • ARCH 497(Fall): Building Material Reclamation and Reuse
    • ARCH 497(Spring): Theory Seminar: Buildings and Time
  • Honors & Awards

    University Teaching Fellow, 2005