Javier Arbona

Javier Arbona

Berkeley, CA, US



I research and write about architecture, space, and culture. My dissertation at Berkeley Geography (in progress) is on California's post-military landscapes and parks as mediums of remembering and policing national identity. I am a Lecturer at California College of the Arts in San Francisco on architectural and urban theory (see profile for more). I started something called Demilit with Bryan Finoki and Nick Sowers to explore and to tinker. I was Archinect's Chief Editor from 2004 to 2006, and continue to collaborate with Paul Petrunia and the Archinect ship. Go to for recent articles, including material for AD, Alphabet City, Design Observer, MAS Context and more. Forthcoming: A chapter on "'Design' as architecture's environmental biodrone" in William O'Brien, ed. Cycles, New York & Barcelona: Actar (2012).

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Javier's Design Blog on Archinect:

BEZOAR : A mass found trapped in an architectural digestive system.

A bezoar is a mass of disparate pieces and materials. For this blog, you will find something somewhere between tweet-length posts and tumblelogging; inchoate thoughts; provocations and assorted scraps that don't fit anyplace else; criticisms of a political and geographic variety; ecoaffective ramblings; spatial imaginaries that don't conform. On Twitter: @AlJavieera; 1/3rd of @Demilit; bookmarked content: @AJFavorite.

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Javier's School Blog on Archinect:

UC Berkeley Geography : This is Javier's old retired blog.

Javier's notebook.

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Javier's Featured Articles on Archinect

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A New Village at MIT, Thu, May 6 '04

A New Village at MIT

Primitivo Suarez, Tue, Apr 6 '04

Primitivo Suarez has a BA in architecture from SCI-Arc (1998), and an MFA from UCLA (2000). He has demonstrated his dual training in all of his subsequent exhibitions, where he has evaporated distinctions between architecture and sculpture to create an exciting hybrid realm. Since 2000 he has ...

Primitivo Suarez


California College of the Arts, Lecturer

I offer architectural theory and seminars on globalization, cities, and military urbanism.

Aug 2008 - current


Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, Grant

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


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