Alex Maymind is an architectural historian, educator, and designer who works on architectural institutions and institutionality in the postwar period. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, and Adjunct Faculty at Woodbury. His doctoral research investigates the postmodernization of knowledge in the context of the American research economy after 1968. Other research has focused on material histories of shotcrete, 19th century century epistemologies of formalism, and the role of history in design pedagogies.
He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors from Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Born in Riga, Latvia, he was raised across the United States in the south, midwest, and east coast.
Maymind’s teaching record over the past decade is broad. His past teaching includes design studios, history/ theory seminars, and representation courses. Recent teaching has explored histories of collective housing and forms of alternative architectural collectivity, as well post-familial domestic paradigms and models of co-living spaces.
He was awarded the 2012-2013 Walter B. Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, where his research focused on histories of systematization in architectural knowledge. Previously he was Visiting Faculty at Cornell University Department of Architecture in New York City and Ithaca, a Lecturer at UCLA A.UD, a Teaching Fellow at Yale University, and for four years he was History & Theory Faculty at SCI-Arc.
His writing and projects have been published in journals including: Log, Pidgin, Thresholds, Off-ramp, The REAL Review, One:Twelve, Arredamento Architecture Journal, Interpunct, Dimensions, and Clog. A selection of his essays and projects have been compiled in a small book, Revisiting Revisiting, published by Graham Foundation. Maymind’s design work is characterized by a particular interest in how histories and procedures of collecting, archiving, and revisiting intersect with contemporary image culture in order to create a space in which to reconsider such disciplinary clichés as precedent, originality, rigor, and repetition. His work has been exhibited in venues across the US in group shows. Professionally he was worked as a designer and researcher at offices in New York, Columbus, and Los Angeles.
Ph.D. Candidate, History and Theory of Architecture, UCLA
M.Arch, Yale University School of Architecture
B.S in Architecture, Ohio State University