John Loomis practiced architecture in New York with Kiss, Cathcart, Architects, a leader in the development and integration of photovoltaic technologies into building systems. He taught architecture at The City College of New York/CUNY. Moving to California he chaired the Architecture Program at the California College of Art. He has also taught at Stanford University and University of San Francisco. He is currently a professor at San José State University.
He is former Director of Development and Communications for CyArk, a project of the Kacyra Family Foundation, which brings laser scanning and other advanced geospatial technologies to the preservation of world heritage sites.
In June 2002, John Loomis co–chaired with Marisa Oliver the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture International Conference, Architecture, Culture, and the Challenges of Globalization, in Havana. In December 2002 he was a member of the California Business and Trade Delegation to Cuba.
In addition to Revolution of Forms, he has authored over thirty articles, which have appeared in Design Book Review where he was executive editor, Casabella, Harvard Design Magazine, Progressive Architecture, Urban Land, San Francisco Chronicle and other journals. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.
“When John Loomis published Revolution of Forms in 1999, the schools stood unfinished and
derelict, virtually forgotten in Cuba and unknown to the rest of the world. Loomis’ influential book
transformed their situation and brought them deserved national and international attention.
Loomis’ thorough and engaging account of the school’s founding and construction and his
penetrating interpretation of the buildings’ provocative imagery make this a major work of
scholarship. It also reads like a good novel and has played its own revolutionary role in the
history of the buildings, inspiring among other things an opera and a documentary film.”
Bonnie Burnham, President
World Monuments Fund
“Revolution of Forms was of enormous importance for my work. While many officials attacked my
architecture, Loomis defended it in front of the world. It made many in Cuba discover that
architecture can be poetry. In fact, the freedom of forms of the buildings influenced several
generations of young artists who studied there. Loomis’ book is an affirmation of Cuban culture
and the highest values of the human spirit.”
“Revolution of Forms might indeed be the beginning of an ‘architectural novel,’ a vivid narrative of how architecture can encapsulate and reveal a moment in history. It is a refreshing book to read or examine, for it unfolds, in words an images, the kind of complexities and passions that underlie any significant architectural enterprise.”
Harvard Design Magazine