Jeffrey Chusid

Jeffrey M. Chusid is an architect and planner with current research interests that include the fate of historic resources in areas of cultural exchange and conflict, the conservation of modernist architecture in India, historic cements, and sustainable development. His writings can be found in journals, museum catalogues, and several texts. Chusid has consulted on public policy, resource conservation, and urban design for diverse communities such as Shanghai, China; Sevastopol, Ukraine; Levuka, Fiji; and Bastrop, Texas. He has also consulted on building and landscape preservation for numerous museums including the Huntington and Hearst Castle. Chusid received his A.B. in environmental design and his M.Arch. from the University of California–Berkeley in 1978 and 1982.

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 5610 Historic Preservation Planning Workshop: SurveysCovers techniques for the preparation of surveys of historic structures and districts; identification of American architectural styles, focusing on local historical resources, state and federal historic preservation guidance. Lectures and training sessions emphasize cross cultural training with individuals and community organizations.
  • CRP 5620 Perspectives on PreservationIntroduction to the theory, history, and practice of Historic Preservation Planning in America, with an emphasis on understanding the development and implementation of a preservation project. The course discusses projects ranging in scale and character from individual buildings to districts to cultural landscapes; as well as topics such as preservation economics, government regulations, significance and authenticity, and the politics of identifying and conserving cultural and natural resources.
  • CRP 5640 Building Materials ConservationA survey of the development of building materials in the United States, chiefly during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and a review of the measures that might be taken to conserve them. Students prepare a Historic Structure Report (HSR) on a property of their own choosing to be given to the site owner. The HSR includes historical research, a detailed written description, building condition analysis, recommendations for treatment, and a cost estimate.  
  • CRP 5670 Measured DrawingPresents the basic techniques of studying, sketching, and measuring a building and the preparation of a finished drawing set according to Historic American Building Survey standards. Techniques taught include hand drawing, AutoCAD, and other relevant skills and software. Students will prepare individually, or in small groups, comprehensive graphic documentation for a property.
  • ARCH 4510/5910 Topic Studio in Historic Preservation (with George Hascup and Stanley Saitowitz)
  • CRP 6690 Museum and the Public (with Cathy Klimaszewski)This course addresses pertinent issues relative to history and preservation. Topics vary each semester.  

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Clarence Stein Institute Grant for Research in India on the work of Joseph Allen Stein, Cornell (2009)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Cornell (2006)
  • Outstanding Studio Teaching Award, University of Texas (2000)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "Preservation: Sustainability Symposium," organizer and speaker, Clarence Stein Institute, New York (2010, 2009, 2008)
  • "American Historic Cement Conference," organizer and speaker, New York (2011)
  • "Authenticity and Change at the Freeman House," Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Meeting, Cincinnati (2010)

Publications (Selected)

  • Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity (2011)
  • "Natural Allies: Preservation and Sustainability," contributing chapter to Pragmatic Sustainability, Steven Moore (2010)
  • "An Innocent Abroad: Joseph Stein in India," India International Centre, Occasional Publication 18 (2010)