James Steele, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Policy Planning, & Development, University of Southern California
M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania
B.Arch., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., English, Lafayette College
Since 1991, Prof. Steele has taught history and theory of architecture as well as design studios at the School of Architecture. He has been a guest critic and speaker at numerous universities in the United States and internationally. He organized the first summer semester abroad program for architecture students in Malaysia in 1998 and administered the Program up through its fifteenth and final session last Summer. He has now founded and is the Director of a new Undergraduate Program in Brazil, based in Sao Paulo. He has served on the USC President's Committee on International Affairs.
Prof. Steele is the author of more than 50 books and monographs, including Ecological Architecture: Critical History which examines ecological architecture over the past century, and The Architecture of Rasem Badran; Narratives on People and Place, a monograph on the award winning Jordanian architect. Badran designs environments that stand in stark contrast to self-conscious, anonymous architecture devoid of any reference to people, place, or culture. His most recent work, Encyclopedia of Homes through World History was published in June 2008. His premise is that the house, throughout history, are the three-dimensional record of the cultures that built them and environmental factors that shaped them.
He has recently been appointed as a member of the UNESCO Scientific Committee: "Safeguarding Project of Hassan Fathy's New Gourna Village" tasked with saving this Egyptian master’s most significant work. He has also been named by the Birchwood Conservancy as the lead architect for the World Heritage Animal Genetic Repository Institute (WHARG) in Sanger, CA to serve as a prototypical, sustainable, non- governmental, multinational animal genetic holding center to protect endangered species and the biodiversity of the planet.
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0291
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