Craig Buckley

B.A., Trent University
M.A., University of Western Ontario
Ph.D., Princeton University

Craig Buckley is a historian of modern architecture and its intersections with the visual arts and media.

His first book Graphic Assembly: Montage, Media and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) provided a new understanding of montage and collage as cultural techniques central to architectural culture. Such techniques, it argued, fostered experimental approaches to industrial assembly during the 1960s by means of new media such as offset-lithographic printing, portable film cameras, slide projectors, and video recorders.

A second book project, Screen Genealogies: From Optical Device to Environmental Media (University of Amsterdam Press, 2019), co-edited with Yale colleagues Francesco Casetti and Rüdiger Campe, examined the contemporary proliferation of screens from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together new genealogical approaches to the environmental and infrastructural roles played by screens over the last five centuries.  

His current book project explores cinema architectures in Paris, Casablanca, Berlin, São Paulo, and New York during the first half of the twentieth century. Examining the pivotal role buildings played in the mass circulation of audio-visual media, the book also theorizes the conflicting functions such architecture assumed; as platforms for new kinds of sociability and milieus of technical innovation, but also as instruments used to categorize and segregate spectators on the basis of race, class, and gender.

Professor Buckley is interested in supervising dissertations from a wide variety of perspectives on topics concerning architecture in the twentieth century, including, but not limited to, modern architecture’s relationship with avant-gardes and socio-political movements, as well as its manifold relations with print culture, the visual arts, and optical media.



“The Politics of Circulation: Cinema Architecture in Colonial-Era Morocco,” in Global Modernism and the Postcolonial: Rethinking Architectural History, ed. by Vikramaditya Prakash and Maristella Casciato, (New York: Routledge, 2022).

“The Crux of Coordination: Visual Communication at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm,“ A History of Graphic Design Pedagogy: After the Bauhaus, Before the Internet, edited by Geoff Kaplan, (New York: No Place press, 2022).  

“Gesicht und Bildschirm: Ausblick auf eine Genealogie der Medienfassade,” Arch +: Zeitschrift für Architektur und Urbanismus 245 (Fall 2021), pp. 150-161.

“Unitary Urbanism: Three Imaginaries,” The Situationist International: A Critical Handbook, ed. Alistair Hemmens and Gabriel Zacarias, (London: Pluto Press, 2020).

“Face and Screen: Toward a Genealogy of the Media Façade,” in Screen Genealogies: From Optical Device to Environmental Medium, (University of Amsterdam Press, 2019).

“Envisioning Assembly: Archigram and the Light/Sound Workshop,” Grey Room 73 (Fall 2018): 28-53.

“Air Pressure: Notes on the Legacy of Pneumatic Architecture,” Catalogue of the Spanish Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennial, (Cologne: Koenig Books, 2019).

“Empire Uprooted,” in Images of Egypt, ed. Mari Lending, Tim Antstey, and Eirik Bøhn, (Oslo: Pax Vorlag, 2018): 168-169.  

“Between Image and Apparatus: Structures Gonflables, April 1968” Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox? (New Haven: Yale School of Architecture, 2015).

“Adrift on the Surface of Radical Revolution: Superstudio’s Aberrant Images, in Materials, Money, and Crisis, ed. Richard Birkett and Sam Lewitt, (Vienna: MUMoK, 2013), 137-150.

“Never Demolish: Bois-le-Prêtre Regrows in Paris,” Log 24 (Winter/Spring 2012), 43-50

“Graphic Constructions: The Experimental Typography of Edward Wright,” October 136 (Spring 2011), 156-181.



After the Manifesto: Writing, Architecture, and Media in a New Century (New York: Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Books, 2014).

Dan Graham’s New Jersey, (Zurich: Lars Müller, 2011) (Co-edited with Mark Wasiuta)

Utopie: Image, Text, Project 1967-1978, (Cambridge, Mass.: Semiotext(e)/MIT press, 2011) (Co-edited with Jean-Louis Violeau)

Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, (Barcelona: ACTAR Press, 2010). (Co-edited with Beatriz Colomina)


HSAR 312      Modern Architecture: From Enlightenment to the Millennium

HSAR 401      Critical Approaches to the History of Art

HSAR 836/ARCH 3285         1968@50: Art, Architecture, and Cultures of Protest (with Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Kevin Repp)

HSAR 712/ Film 842  Approaches to the Urban Screen (with Francesco Casetti)

HSAR 739      Concepts of Space: Theory and Historiography  

HSAR 747      Architecture and the Kinetic Image

HSAR 688      Rethinking the Situationist International: Architecture and the City