Jordan H. Carver
Research, Writing, Teaching, Design, Curating . . .

Jordan H. Carver is a writer, researcher, and educator working in New York. His research practices are concerned with the intersection of space, law, economics, and political rhetoric. He was the 2014–2015 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo and a 2015 MacDowell Colony Fellow. Jordan is a contributing editor to the Avery Review and a core member of Who Builds Your Architecture? an advocacy group working to educate architects on the effects of globalization and labor. He edited Preservation is Overtaking Us by Rem Koolhaas and Jorge Otero-Pailos (GSAPP Books, 2014) and with Mabel O. Wilson has contributed chapters to The Architect as Worker (Bloomsbury, 2015) edited by Peggy Deamer and The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor (OR Books, 2015) edited by Andrew Ross. His essays have been published in Thresholds, PLAT, Pidgin, Volume, and Bracket, and his work exhibited at the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Van Alen Institute, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). In 2013 he received a NYSCA grant to study the effects of political rhetoric and ideology on the built environment. Jordan holds a degree in graphic design from Syracuse University and received both his Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) and Masters of Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (MS. CCCP) from Columbia University GSAPP. Beginning fall 2015, he will be a PhD candidate in American Studies at NYU.

50 Word Biography: Jordan H. Carver is an architectural writer, researcher, and educator. He writes on space, law, economics, and political rhetoric. His work has been published and exhibited around the world. Jordan was the 2014 Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo and is currently a PhD Candidate in American Studies at NYU.

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Selected Projects
2011 – 2015

Forthcoming projects include two essays co-authored with Mabel O. Wilson published in The Architect as Worker and The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor edited by Peggy Deamer and Andrew Ross, respectively; an edited collection of essays stemming from The Aesthetics of Citizenship symposium; and a manuscript on the spatial organization of secret CIA detention facilities.

May 1, 2015
“On Art Storage and Taxation,” an illuminating interview with an unnamed manager at an unnamed Swiss art storage facility published in Thresholds 43: Scandalous.

February 18, 2015
The Aesthetics of Citizenship, a symposium organized at the University at Buffalo in conjunction with the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship (watch it here and here).

November 1, 2014
WBYA? exhibited an installation on construction worker migration and contemporary architectural practice for the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial.

October, 2014
“Selfie of a Nation,” a review of the September 11 Memorial Museum published in the Avery Review.

June 23, 2014
“Deleware Über Alles,” an essay exploring the logistics of incorporating in Delaware (and finding that it is much more boring than one might expect) published in the ARPA Journal.

June, 2014
Preservation is Overtaking Us, an edited book of Rem Koolhaas’ lectures on contemporary preservation practices, with a response by Jorge Otero-Pailos, published by GSAPP Books and launched at the Venice Biennale.

March, 2014
“Guantanamo (North),” A short essay published in CLOG on incarceration and communication deprivation.

January, 2014
“Life By Architecture,” an essay on the spatial politics of abortion policies published in Volume.

November, 2013
Collecting Architecture Territories, a catalog to the Greek exhibition of the same name and edited by Craig Buckley, Jordan Carver, and Mark Wasiuta published by GSAPP Books.

November 8, 2013
Collecting Architecture Territory, the second exhibition on the collecting and museum practices of private art collectors, this time focused on collections from the Middle East, opens at Studio-X Istanbul.

“An Atlas of Extraordinary Rendition,” an essay on the architecture of modular prison cells deployed in overseas ‘blacksites’ published in PLAT no. 3.0.

“Hi, I’m in Delaware,” an essay co-written with Andy Vann on the banality of Delaware’s largest tax shelter and corporate America’s most popular address, the CT Corporation, published in Pidgin, no. 15.

June, 2012
“The Cultural Logic of the Late Capitalist Tax Haven,” a talk on art storage as financial practice presented at The Athens Minutes symposium in conjunction with the opening of Collecting Architecture Territory.

June, 2012
Collecting Architecture Territory, an exhibition on the worldwide collecting and museum practices of private art collectors opens at the DESTE Foundation in Athens.

October 5, 2012
“Pillow Fight!,” a ‘reenactment’ of E.A.T.’s unbuilt United Nations Pavilion is shown at the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Past Futures, Present, Futures exhibition.

August, 2011
“The Old Social Media,” a public installation and civic action via letter writing campaign wins the Public Horizon competition and is exhibited at Studio-X, New York.

June, 2011
“Territory/A Zone Infrastructure Repurposing,” a design project reimagining Detroit as a home-goods freeport named runner up in the Van Alen Institute’s Life at the Speed of Rails competition and published on Keller Easterling’s Extrastatecraft website.