Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
areas of expertise: affordable housing development, sustainable neighborhood policy, urban history and city planning history, historic preservation, urban studies
James Buckley has more than 25 years of leadership in housing and community development activities. Buckley founded and managed Citizens Housing Corporation in San Francisco, where he completed more than 2,000 units in several award-winning, mixed-use developments from 1998 to 2009. Projects included adaptive reuse of historic buildings, low-income housing with community-serving commercial space, supportive housing for homeless households, and first-time home-buyer units.
Buckley started his housing career in 1986 with Bridge Housing Corporation in San Francisco, where he developed more than 2,000 new rental and ownership homes and 100,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail space. Buckley has a BA from Yale University and holds a master's degree in city and regional planning and a PhD in architecture from UC Berkeley. He is a currently a member of the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission, a board member of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and a Vice President of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.
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