Jesse LeCavalier is an assistant professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture, where he coordinates the first year undergraduate course. His current research investigates the impact of logistics on architecture and urbanism, with a particular focus on Walmart Stores, Inc. As part of Co+LeCavalier, he is looking at the relationship between infrastructure and public space, including a current project about the infrastructure of the New Jersey Meadowlands, with sponsorship from the New York State Council for the Arts.
LeCavalier has a Doctor of Science from the ETH Zurich, a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. He is a co-author, with John Harwood and Guillaume Mojon, of the publication This Will _ This (Standpunkte, 2009) and has contributed to the collections Infrastructure as Architecture (Jovis Verlag, 2010), Cities of Change: Addis Ababa (Birkhäuser, 2009) and Deviations: Designing Architecture (Birkhäuser, 2008). His research on Walmart and logistics has been published in Cabinet, AD, JAE, Public Culture, 306090, and others.
He has been a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory as part of the Singapore-ETH Center for Global Environmental Sustainability. In 2010-11, he was the Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he taught design studios and research seminars. He spent three years teaching foundational design at the ETH Zurich and has also taught at Temple University Rome, Oberlin College, and American University of Sharjah. 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.