James S. Russell is a writer, critic and former editor of Architectural Record who has written about cities, architecture, and environmental design since the 1980s.
Born on September 9, 1952 in Seattle, WA, Russell received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design (BAED) at University of Washington in 1976, and Master of Architecture (MArch) at Columbia University in 1980. Before becoming a full-time writer, he practiced architecture with firms in New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle. He is a registered architect in New York and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Russell also contributes articles on architecture and design to numerous other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, I.D., the Harvard Design Magazine, BusinessWeek, Details, and Vanity Fair, and is the author of The Agile City: Building Well Being and Wealth in a Climate Change Era, published by Island Press in May 2011. He is active with the Architectural League and the Municipal Arts Society, in New York, and taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Pennsylvania State University and the City College of New York.