Charles L. Davis II (MArch '02, BPS '99) is an assistant professor of architectural history and criticism at the School of Architecture, College of Art + Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he is also an adjunct professor of history.
His research examines the historical integrations of race and style theory in modern architectural debates, as well as the general effect of racial discourses on architectural production and professionalization. Charles has published essays in peer-reviewed journals including Architectural Research Quarterly, as well as the interdisciplinary journals APPX and VIA. In the past he has given talks at PhilaNOMA, a local chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research. This project surveys the influence of race science on architectural movements in France, England, Germany and the United States.
Before joining the faculty in Charlotte, Davis taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Parsons the New School for Design, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Ohio State University. Previous to teaching architectural history, he worked in architectural firms in New York State and Pennsylvania. He has been awarded several fellowships to pursue academic research, including a Collections Research Grant from the Canadian Centre for Architecture and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He received an MS and PhD in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and has a BPS and MArch from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.