Christopher Mead has taught since 1980 at the University of New Mexico, where he holds a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and Planning and the College of Fine Arts. He is now a Presidential Teaching Fellow and Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico.

He has written and lectured widely on French and American architecture and urbanism. He has just completed an urban history of the architect Victor Baltard and the planning of nineteenth-century Paris for publication by the University of Chicago Press, and is now researching his next book on the architectural landscapes of modernity.