Jesse LeCavalier uses the tools of urban design and architecture to research, theorize, and speculate about infrastructure and logistics. He is the author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and his design work has been recognized by the Sudbury 2050 urban design competition, the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Oslo Triennale, and the Seoul Biennale. LeCavalier was the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture (2017–19) and the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Cabinet, Public Culture, Places, Art Papers, and Harvard Design Magazine. His essay "The Restlessness of Objects" was the recipient of a 2013 Core77 Design Award.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Architectural design
- Architectural history
- Architectural theory
- Infrastructure planning
- Land use/spatial planning
- Cornell AAP NYC Fall Lecture Series 2023
- Call Me — Maybe?: The 50th Anniversary of the First Cell Phone Call
- Systems, Roots, Bits: A Conversation About Contemporary Urban Design Challenges, Questions, and Opportunities
- New M.S. in Advanced Urban Design Launches at Cornell AAP in NYC
- Cornell AAP Launches New, New York City-Based Degree Program in Advanced Urban Design
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- Alimentary Urbanism, finalist, Sudbury 2050 Urban Design Ideas Competition (2020)
- Tromsø Distributed Observatory, finalist with Tei Carpenter, Tromsø Waterfront Laboratory Open Call (2019)
- SHELF LIFE, finalist and runner-up, MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (2018)
- ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (2014)
- Core77 Design Awards 2013, Professional Winner in Writing & Commentary category (2013)
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- "Intentional Estates Agency," Oslo Architecture Triennale, with Tei Carpenter, Dan Taeyoung, and Chris Woebken (2019)
- "Young Architects Program 2018," MoMA PS1 (2018)
- "Architectures of Fulfillment," Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism, Korea (2017)
- LeCavalier, Jesse. The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment, University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
- LeCavalier, Jesse. "In Media Res: From Position to Provision," Thresholds 49: Supply, 2021.
- LeCavalier, Jesse. "Human Exclusion Zone," AD Machine Landscapes: Architectures of the Post Anthropocene, ed. Liam Young, February 2019.