David Gissen

David Gissen
Associate Professor

David Gissen is a historian, theorist, critic and curator of architecture and urbanism. Recent work focuses on developing a novel concept of nature in architectural thought and developing experimental forms of architectural historical practice.


David is the author of the books Manhattan Atmospheres: Architecture, The Interior Environment and Urban Crisis (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), editor of the “Territory” issue of AD Journal (2010) and the book Big and Green (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003) .

Essays & Research

His essays and research are published in journals such as AA FilesAD EnergiesGrey RoomCabinetKerbLogQuaderns,VolumeThe Radical History ReviewThe Journal of Architecture,The Journal of Architectural EducationTarp, and Thresholds; and magazines, newspapers, and blogs such asArtforum, Architectural RecordArchitectureMetropolisDomus,ARCADEBldgBlog, Pruned, Edible Geography, Archinect,BlueprintConstructsSingapore Architect, the Village Voice, Time Out: New York, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic.

David’s essays and research are also published in the following books: Models and Drawings (Routledge, 2007); Architectural Theory: 1871-2005 (Blackwell, 2008); Design Ecologies (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009); Writing Urbanism (Routledge, 2008);The Ethics of Dust (TBA/Venice Biennale, 2009); The Religious Imagination in Modern Architecture: A Reader (Routledge, 2011);Air (MIT Press, 2011); Coupling (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011); Landform Building (Lars Mueller, 2011); Urban Constellations (Jovis, 2011); Imperfect Health (Canadian Center for Architecture, 2012); Landscape Futures (Actar, 2013); andArchitecture and Geography (2014).

Curatorial & Experimental

His curatorial and experimental historical work has been staged at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, National Building Museum, Yale Architecture Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Toronto Free Gallery, The Museum of the City of New York, and the exhibition “Landscape Futures” at the Nevada Museum of Art.


David lectures on his work internationally, including recent invited talks at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Milan Polytechnic, Berlage Institute, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and The Royal Danish Academy of Art.


He is the recipient of various awards and grants including Graham Foundation grants, the Richard J. Carroll Lectureship from Johns Hopkins University, and the Chalsty Award at CCA.

Further information on his work can be found at the site davidgissen.org