Michael Faciejew is a historian of the built environment. His research examines the intersecting histories of architecture, information, media, and governance from the 18th century to the present.
His current book project traces the creation of a state-sponsored culture of “information” in francophone Europe between 1890 and 1960. The book describes how a new science of documentation transformed libraries, museums, information bureaus, and administrative offices into a political and material infrastructure for treating knowledge as not only a cultural product but a technical one managed in time and in space. Other research projects study the relationship between finance capitalism and architecture in histories of extractive colonialism; interdisciplinarity in the humanities and sciences; and the rethinking of architectural materiality in the age of anthropogenic climate change.
Faciejew received a joint doctoral degree in the History and Theory of Architecture and the Interdisciplinary Humanities from Princeton University. His doctoral research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which recognized his dissertation with a Carter Manny Award Citation of Special Recognition.
His work has been published in journals such as Grey Room, Thresholds, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Transbordeur, and he is a co-author, with A Community of Inquiry, of Keywords; For Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life… (Princeton University Press, 2017). Prior to obtaining his PhD, he practiced as an architectural designer in Los Angeles, New Haven, and New York City. He has taught at the University of Toronto, Pratt Institute, and Princeton University.