Architect and historian Jonathan Massey is Dean and Professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Previously he served as Dean of Architecture at the California College of Arts, and at Syracuse University he was the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, where he chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program and the University Senate. Massey was a co-founder of the Transdisciplinary Media Studio and the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, which focuses on the ways that history and practice of architecture and urbanism are understood and taught. His ongoing research explores how architecture mediates power by forming civil society, shaping social relationships, and regulating consumption.
In Crystal and Arabesque: Claude Bragdon, Ornament, and Modern Architecture (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009) he reconstructed the techniques through which American modernist architects engaged new media, audiences and problems of mass society. His work on topics ranging from ornament and organicism to risk management and sustainable design has appeared in many journals and essay collections, including Aggregate's essay collection Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the 20th Century (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).