Gary Riichirō Fox
B.A. in Architecture, Yale University M.A. in Architectural History, Architectural Association School of Architecture Ph.D. Candidate in Architectural History, University of California, Los Angeles
Gary Riichirō Fox is a historian and theorist of architecture and landscape. His work considers histories of psychology, environmental governance, and aesthetics and the law.
His ongoing doctoral research, titled Juridical Landscapes: Environmental Simulation, Perception, and U.S. Law, ca. 1975, traces transformations in strategies for aesthetic governance in the U.S. following the passing of the National Environmental Policy Act in 1969. The project considers the proliferation of experimental media apparatuses including comparative photomontages and film- and television-based spatial simulators, as well as legal instruments such as Environmental Impact Statements and Visual Preference Surveys, which together submitted aesthetic perception to regimes of quantification and legal admissibility. The dissertation argues that these representational, experimental-psychological, and juridical techniques effectively remediated the relationship between public and environment by the mid-1970s. This work has been supported by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the UC Humanities Research Institute, the W. M. Keck Foundation, and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.
Gary holds a B.A. in Architecture from Yale University and a Master's in History of Architecture from the Architectural Association. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History of Architecture at UCLA. He has co-curated exhibitions at Getty Research Institute and serves on the Contemporary Council of Materials & Applications.