Grahame Shane


Professor Shane received his Architectural Diploma from the Architectural Association (London) and his Master of Architecture (Urban Design) and Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural and Urban History from Cornell University, studying with Colin Rowe. Professor Shane teaches ARCH 153, Town Planning at The Cooper Union and has taught at the Architectural Association, Bennington College, Vermont, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1985 he has taught at Columbia University, specializing in Urban Design since 1990.  He has lectured widely in Europe and Asia. He also teaches at University College, London, the Milan Polytechnic and Venice IAUV (Urban Design).

Professor Shane has published extensively in Architectural Design (A.D.), Casabella, Harvard Design Magazine, Architect's Newspaper and the anthologies The Mortal City (Princeton Architectural Press, 1995) and The Urban Life World (Routledge, 2002) and Landscape Urbanism (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). He published Recombinant Urbanism (John Wiley, 2005) and Urban Design Since 1945; a global perspective (John WIley 2011).  He co-edited the AD Special Issue Sensing the Twenty-First Century City; upclose and remote  (Wiley-Academy 2005), and the "Contemporary Urban Theory" section of The Handbook of Architectural Theory  (Sage 2011).

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