James S. Russell is the architecture critic for Bloomberg News, which reaches 260,000 professionals and 350 publications worldwide. His commentaries also appear in Bloomberg Businessweek and the Bloomberg Muse website ( He has been a guest on Bloomberg radio and TV.

His book, The Agile City: Building Well Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change, was published by Island Press in 2011. New York magazine’s Justin Davidson wrote, “There’s more common sense and intelligence on each page than most writing on this topic can squeeze out of an entire book.”

For 18 years Russell was an editor at Architectural Record magazine, the premier American journal for practicing architects, helping it to earn a National Magazine Award for General Excellence (2003) as well as numerous other industry awards.

Russell is an adjunct professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York. He is a registered architect, elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and resides in New York City.

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