B. Jack Hanly

B. Jack Hanly is a second year PhD student in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture program at MIT. His research broadly focuses on the exchanges between environmental knowledge and spatial practices in the 20th century, particularly as related to resource extraction, global trade, financial networks, and landscape change. Recent projects have considered the utility of soil sciences and surveying in suburban expansion schemes, and the application of international development techniques to the American hinterland.

Jack holds a B.A. in Environmental and Urban Studies from Bard College and a Master of Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture. His master's thesis looked at the architecture and urbanism of the oil industry in Houston and Saudi Arabia around the period of the 1970s energy crisis, in recognition for which he received the David Taylor Memorial Prize. Jack has presented papers at the Second and Third Annual Environmental Humanities Symposium at Yale and the 2018 Society of Architectural Historians Conference. He is currently co-editor of the Department of Architecture's peer-reviewed journal Thresholds 49, forthcoming Spring 2021, on the theme of supply.

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Globalization, Historiography, Infrastructure Systems, Landscape, Modern Architecture, Real Estate