Craig Buckley’s research explores the intersections of modern architecture with avant-garde movements in the visual arts, the entanglement of architectural design with changes in print culture and optical media, as well as the historiography of modern architecture.
His recent book Graphic Assembly: Montage, Media and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) provides a new understanding of the role of montage and collage within architectural culture. Montage, it argues, was a cultural technology that architects used to envision experimental assembly processes at a moment when rapid changes in the industrialization of building was changing the character of the architect’s intellectual work. Looking closely at montage practices, it brings to light how architects responded to changes in technologies of photomechanical reproduction that bound architectural culture to more closely to the technics of optical media.
He is currently at work on two projects. Screen Genealogies: From Optical Device to Environmental Media (University of Amsterdam Press, 2019), co-edited with Francesco Casetti and Rüdiger Campe, stems from a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer seminar which explored the current explosion of screens from an interdisciplinary perspective. Asking how the current proliferation and transformation of screens demands a rethinking of their histories, the book advances a genealogical approach that recovers the older, pre-optical meanings of screen in order to rethink how screens are today becoming environmental and infrastructural media.
His second book project excavates the transnational articulation of cinema architecture as one of modernism’s crucial, yet scarcely examined undercurrents, through aesthetic, technical, and social biographies of buildings in New York, London, Paris, Casablanca, Amsterdam, Beirut, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Berlin from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Buckley’s would be interested in supervising dissertations including, but not limited to, the following areas: topics in architecture (Europe, the Americas, and trans-nationally) in the twentieth century, modern architecture and political avant-gardes, modern architecture and design fields, modern architecture, architecture and technologies of the fine arts (drawing, printing, graphic design, painting, sculpture), modern architecture and optical media (photography, cinema, electronic, and digital media), architectural cultural and the emergence of national independence movements post-1945.
MA, University of Western Ontario
PhD, Princeton University