Jesse LeCavalier

Assistant Professor of Architecture


Jesse LeCavalier, an architect with interests in logistics and urbanism, has been appointed assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Design.

Most recently, he was a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a senior researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory as part of the Singapore-ETH Center for Global Environmental Sustainability. His current work investigates the spatial consequences of Walmart’s logistics operations, some of which has appeared design journals like Arch+, AD, and MAS Context. His article, "All Those Numbers: Logistics, Territory, and Walmart," which appeared in Design Observer: Places, was named by the Atlantic as one of "Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism" in 2011.

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). He is also is a member of Co+LeCavalier, a design studio concerned with transforming everyday life at a range of scales, including furniture, buildings, and urban design.

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 studios 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.