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 am interested in visual culture, design, and architectures and infrastructures. My specific project areas vary, but some key ideas throughout my work involve architecture as media, the urban imaginary, and cities as cultural landscapes. I often research and write about land use and transportation; the intersection between the arts and the history of the U.S. and Canadian West; and North American cultural geography. I am intrigued by nostalgia, restoration, and preservation as manifested in the built environment, and the tensions between memory, history, and policy.
As a prolific writer, text is my primary medium, however I am also an educator, both in the academy, and as a frequent public speaker. Additionally, I produce, edit, and curate works of public history, both within and without traditional institutional boundaries.
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.