As a native of Newark, New Jersey, Myles grew up in an urban environment with vacant lots, empty skyscrapers, hundreds of acres of surface parking, and the mixed legacy of urban renewal. In an environment shaped by race, politics, and the memory of Newark’s 1967 race “riots,” Myles gravitated toward architecture as a lens through which to examine history. In some form or another, all of his work reflects Winston Churchill’s observation that “we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.”
Myles now studies the history and planning of cities. He has a keen interest in the urban and architectural history of the New York metropolitan region, as well as topics in urban history more broadly. He is interested in how politics, race, and culture are imprinted on the form of the built and urban environment. Through writing, art, digital humanities, and community engagement, he aims to introduce new audiences to urban history.
Myles studied architectural history as a Columbia University undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis about  the origins of Gothic at the Church of St. Denis near Paris. As a visiting student at the University of Oxford, he researched medieval history and Amiens Cathedral. For his University of Cambridge Master’s thesis, he examined the history of incarceration and Eastern State Penitentiary. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He will examine the history of suburban sprawl with a particular focus on the New York region, Detroit, and other cities in the American Northeast.
Name in Chinese: 张之远
Favorite book: Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

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September 2019

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October 2019

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