Between Worlds: Joseph Allen Stein in the US and India
On Tuesday, March 2nd at 12:30PM via Zoom, Jeff Chusid will discuss architect Joseph Allen Stein, who fled the US in 1950 because of the blacklist. Three years later he was teaching in Calcutta and starting arguably the largest architecture and engineering firm in the country, where he would work for 45 more years. Stein’s buildings are monuments of newly independent India, although his legacy, and that of fellow Indian and foreign architects from those decades, is now threatened by enormous political and social changes.
Jeffrey M. Chusid is an architect and planner with current research interests that include the fate of historic resources in areas of cultural exchange and conflict, the conservation of modernist architecture in India (especially the work of Joseph Allen Stein), historic cements, and sustainable development. Chusid has consulted on public policy, resource conservation, and urban design for diverse communities such as Shanghai, China; Sevastopol, Ukraine; Levuka, Fiji; and Bastrop, Texas. He has also consulted on building and landscape preservation for numerous museums including the Huntington and Hearst Castle. Chusid received his A.B. in environmental design and his M.Arch. from the University of California–Berkeley in 1978 and 1982, and has taught at Harvard, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, and Cornell University, where he has been the chair of the department of City and Regional Planning since 2017.
Lawrence Chua, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University, will be the discussant. This event is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture.