Erik Carver is an architectural historian. Currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, he has previously worked as an architectural designer and taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With Janette Kim, he recently published The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), an exploration of architecture’s role in political ecology that was supported by awards from the Van Alen Institute and the Graham Foundation.
In his academic work, Carver specializes in 19th-century American architecture and in the history of science and technology. His dissertation shows how architects were central to industrialization in America and abroad through their active coordination of technical and design discourses. Additional interests include the architecture of housing and real estate, which are the subjects of his ongoing research at the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for American Architecture.