James Russell


The Evergreen State College, 1971-1973
University of Washington, 1974-1976
Columbia University, 1977-1980


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Biographical Note

James is the Architecture Critic for Bloomberg News in New York, and his work is read through Bloomberg's international newswire service and on the web. He has appeared on Bloomberg radio and TV. Prior to that he was a long-time editor at Architectural Record magazine. He has written for numerous publications about architecture, urban development, and growth including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He also consults on planning and urban development issues to cities, planners, and planning agencies. He teaches at the City College of New York. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He lives in New York City.

James Russell's book

Publication Types

Non-Fiction, Journalism

Latest Publication Title

The Agile City: Building Wealth and Well Being in a Climate Change Era

Additional Publications

James's writing on architecture appears two to three times a month on Bloomberg Muse, the arts and culture section of Bloomberg, accessed via its proprietary system or free on the web.

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Evergreen's open-ended, self-exploratory approach helped me recognize that architecture is what I was really interested in. Only later did I realize I was a better writer than architect, but the focus on writing and communicating, even in Evergreen's first two years of existence, helped prepare me to make the transition. Some brilliant teachers, like Peggy Dickinson, really made a difference.