About Alexander Benjamin Craghead
I am a historian of design and place. My writing and photography has appeared in regional and national publications, including including BOOM: A Journal of California, Railroad Heritage, the National Railway Historical Society Bulletin, Railfan & Railroad Magazine, and Trains.
Most recently, I authored The Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon: The Architectural Legacy of Henry Villard (The History Press, 2016). Presently, I teach for the American Studies program at the University of California at Berkeley. I hold an M.S. in Architectural history, also from Berkeley, and am presently writing a dissertation on the American urban landscape
Specialties and Research Interests
I research the cultural intersection of meaning, change, and place, through both form and representation. I therefore study the built environment, the rhetoric that surrounds changes in that environment, and the visual depiction of place. I am particularly interested in the relationship between newness and age, especially in the processes of urban renewal, redevelopment, and gentrification, as well as the history and culture of the historic preservation movement.
U.S. architecture and urbanism, 1865-present
Focus: Historic preservation; architecture as media; the urban imaginary; cities as cultural landscapes
Visual and designed culture in the U.S.
Focus: photography; graphic design and advertising; industrial design
Doctoral candidate, Ph.D. in Architecture, History, Theory & Society
College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
Master of Science in Architecture, History, Theory & Society
College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, May 2015.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon, April 2010.