A Conversation with Clifford Pearson
Join Clifford Pearson and Caroline O'Donnell for a discussion about transforming architectural journalism in an era of radical change.
Pearson is a deputy editor of Architectural Record. Since joining the magazine in 1989, he has written on a broad range of topics — from individual projects such as the MAXXI museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid and the Hong Kong International Airport by Foster & Partners to essays on school design and housing. From 1993 to 1997, he edited Record's annual section on architecture in the Pacific Rim and today he is in charge of the magazine’s Chinese edition and its annual Design Vanguard issue. He is the author of Indonesia: Design and Culture, published by the Monacelli Press in 1998, and the editor of Modern American Houses, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in 1996 and reissued in 2005. In 2003, he received a Media Fellowship from the U.S.-Japan Foundation and spent two months in Japan examining “Technology and Tradition in Contemporary Japanese Architecture.” Mr. Pearson holds a master's degree in architectural history from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Cornell University.
Caroline O'Donnell is editor of the Cornell Journal of Architecture and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Architecture. Before teaching at Cornell, O’Donnell has previously taught at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union and Princeton University School of Architecture. She gained experience at KCAP Architects and Planners in Rotterdam and at Eisenman Architects in New York, where she was project architect for several projects, including the Hamburg Library and the Pompei Santuario Railway Station. Her writing has been published in several journals including Log, Thresholds, MAP, and Pidgin. O’Donnell is currently the faculty editor of the Cornell Journal of Architecture issue 8. Caroline O’Donnell is the founding principal of the design office CODA. O’Donnell received her B.A. (honors) in architecture and B.Arch. (with distinction) from the Manchester School of Architecture, England, and her M.Arch. at Princeton University.