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James Kalsbeek
Associate Professor, Tenured
Department of Architecture
322 Stuckeman

Kalsbeek specializes in topics related to memory and architecture, the mnemonic function of architecture, the history of the memory arts, and the architecture of Rome. He is also engaged in projects of reclamation, reuse, and demolition that dovetail with his research interests in architectural hospice and the palliative care of buildings. His design and reclamation activities, combined with his research on the memory arts, are driven by an overarching concern for how buildings are preserved in the memory, how they help us remember and the resulting trauma when they’re lost and forgotten.


  • MS Arch, University of Cincinnati (1989)
  • BArch, University of Cincinnati (1985)

Courses Taught

  • Arch131s: Basic Design Studio I (Coordinator)
  • Arch132: Basic Design Studio II (Coordinator)
  • Arch497(Fall): Building Material Reclamation & Reuse
  • Arch497(Spring): Theory Seminar: Buildings & Time

Honors + Awards

Named University Teaching Fellow, 2005