Chusid Named Chair of CRP

News
August 8, 2017

Associate Professor Jeffrey Chusid has been appointed chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning, effective July 1. Chusid served as interim chair for the spring 2017 semester, following the death of Professor Susan Christopherson in December 2016.

An architect and planner, Chusid has been a member of the CRP faculty since 2005 and has ongoing research interests in a number of critical areas of historic preservation, planning, and architectural history. His work encompasses conservation in the context of cultural exchange and conflict, the fate of modernist architecture and planning in the U.S. and India, historic materials, and sustainable development.

Chusid has been involved with diverse projects across the U.S. and internationally as well as consulting on Cornell's Risley Hall and McGraw Hall. Previously, Chusid has been a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California, and Harvard University. A recognized expert on Frank Lloyd Wright's work in concrete block, he is the author of Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity (W. W. Norton, 2011), winner of the Society of Architectural Historians' 2014 Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award, and of the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation's 2012 Historic Preservation Book Award. Additionally, Chusid has presented papers at various exhibitions, conferences, and symposia, and authored chapters and reports in many scholarly books and journals, including "Time, Architecture and Geography: Modeling the Past and Future of Cultural Landscapes," with CRP's Jennifer Minner, which received the 2016 Oliver Torrey Fuller Award from The Association for Preservation Technology International.

Chusid is currently working on a new book titled Modernism Across Worlds: Design and Politics in the Architecture of Joseph Allen Stein in America and India (under contract to Cornell University Press); an exhibition catalog for a recent show on the history and conservation of an early modernist inn in Pennsylvania (Lynn Hall); a longitudinal study of 40 years of Cornell's impact on the historic fabric of Central New York; and several other writing projects.

Chusid received both a B.A. in environmental design and a master of architecture from the University of California–Berkeley.