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Art Professor Explores Architectural Theory and Process in Newly Published Book, “Speculative Coolness”

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Professor of Art Bryan Cantley recently published a second book entitled “Speculative Coolness” (Routledge, 2023). It presents a selected body of work showcasing projects which seek to understand and explain the conditions, contents, and media logics governing the study of speculative Architecture[s]. Cantley describes his artwork and approach to teaching as a marriage of process and methodology and seeks to explore the “association between architecture and the culture of technology.”

The book has garnered glowing accolades from his peers for its “…beautifully layered drawings, combining computer generation with the craft of hand delineation…” (Aaron Betsky, Professor, Virginia Tech) and “extraordinarily tantalizing speculations” (Perry Kulper, Architect and Professor, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan).

In addition to teaching, Cantley owns Form:uLA, an experimental design practice, and has lectured at several regional and international architecture schools. In 2001, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art purchased eleven of his models and drawings as a part of their permanent collection. His previous publication “Mechudzu: New Rhetorics for Architecture” (2011) was praised for its investigation of theoretical architecture and its precise, intricate drawings.

Bryan Cantley holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and UCLA. He has taught in the CSUF Department of Art since 1992.

Heather Richards-Siddons