James McCown

James McCown

Newton, MA, US

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I am a seasoned architectural journalist with a master's degree in the history of art and architecture from Harvard. I write for Architectural Record, Architect's Newspaper, Metropolis and other architecture and design publications.



Gund Partnership Architects, Cambridge, MA, US, Director of Marketing

Manage all communications and marketing for architecture studio founded in 1971 by Graham Gund. Pitch article ideas to architecture media, write ghost written byline pieces, manage all awards and proposals, do people and building photography and graphic design for custom proposal covers.

Sep 2014 - Aug 2017


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, ALM

Wide variety of courses on art and architecture including classical architectural history, Renaissance art and modern architectural journalism. Thesis, Palace of the Dawn, Twilight of the Idols: Brasilia, European Philosophy and the Architectural Synthesis of Opposites, received an Honorable Mention, Best ALM Thesis, June 2007.

Jan 2004 - Jun 2007


Honorable Mention, Best ALM Thesis, Harvard University, Honorable Mention

Thesis on Brazilian Modernist architecture with a focus on the work of Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa in Brasilia. Thesis directed by Dr. John Stilgoe of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. One of four people bestowed an honorable mention out of dozens of graduates.


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