Jesse Lecavalier

Contact Info

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Colton 334
Phone: 973-642-7199
Dept: Architecture

About Me

Jesse LeCavalier is an award-winning designer, writer, and educator. His research and design work focuses on questions of architecture, form, and politics as they relate to logistics & infrastructure. His book, The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2016. With sponsorship from the New York State Council for the Arts, he is also currently looking at the relationship between infrastructure and public space in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

In 2015, LeCavalier was the recipient of the New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He was the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and researcher at the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory. His research has been supported by the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the BMW Foundation.

LeCavalier's work has appeared in Cabinet, Public Culture, Art Papers, Monu, JAE, and Architectural Design and he is coauthor, with John Harwood and Guillaume Mojon, of This Will _ This (Standpunkte, 2009). His essay, "The Restlessness of Objects," was the recipient of a 2013 Core77 Design Award and his article "All Those Numbers" was named by The Atlantic as one of "Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism" in 2011. His professional experience includes two years at agps.architecture in Los Angeles, where he was involved with the design of the Portland Aerial Tram and the city’s new Children’s Museum.


Dr.Sc., ETH Zurich, 2012

M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley, 2003

B.A., Brown University, 1999


Selected Publications and Recent Research

“Walmart’s Geographical Architecture,” forthcoming in Architecture and Geography, eds. Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs (Routledge, 2014).

“Robert Owen’s Utopian Machine,” forthcoming in Collectivize!, eds. Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl (Ruby Press, 2013).

“Test Bed Urbanism,” forthcoming in Public Culture, Volume 25:2 (Spring 2013), with Orit Halpern, Nerea Calvillo, and Wolfgang Pietsch.

“Walmart and the Architecture of Logistics” to be presented at the 66th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Buffalo, NY, April, 2013.

“Walmart Store #5861” in JAE, Volume 67:1 (March 2013), 154-155.

“The Restlessness of Objects,” in Cabinet 47: Logistics (Fall 2012), 90-97.

“Walmart’s Catalytic Urbanism” in AD: City Catalyst: Architecture in the Age of Extreme Urbanization, (September/October 2012), 26-35.

“BMW Stiftung Spotlight: Poiesis Fellow Interview” for the BMW Foundation Website, November 2011.

“Entrevista” in ARQA: Arquitectura e Arte (September / October 2011), 36-38.

Milgram 01. Newspaper published through the Poiesis Fellowship, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, 2011.

“Networks of Architecture: Keedoozle and Walmart” in MAS Context 09: Networks (Spring 2011), 110-23.

“Let’s Infratecture!” in Infrastructure as Architecture: Designing Composite Networks, eds. Katrina Stoll and Scott Lloyd (Jovis Verlag, 2010), 100-111.

“DC on Wheels” in Pidgin 09 (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010), insert.
“All Those Numbers” in Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, May 2010.
“DC on the High Seas” in 306090 13: Sustain and Develop (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010), 246-48.
“Beans or Butterflies” in Cities of Change: Addis Ababa, eds. Marc Angélil and Dirk Hebel (Birkhäuser 2009), 176-181.
Standpunkte One: This Will ___ This (Standpunkte, 2009), with John Harwood & Guillaume Mojon.
“The Mormon Church’s Infrastructure of Salvation” in MONU 10: Holy Urbanism (March, 2009), 82-89.
“Location, Location, Location: Wal-Mart’s Quest to Conquer Vermont” in Architecture & Property (Winter 2008), 7-9.
Deviations: Designing Architecture, A Manual, eds. Marc Angélil and Dirk Hebel (Birkhäuser, 2008), contributing author.
“Interview with William Correll, Architect of Wal-Mart” in archithese (November/December 2007), 32-37.