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 booksA�Manhattan Atmospheres: Architecture, The Interior Environment and Urban CrisisA�(University of Minnesota Press, 2014) andA�Subnature: Architecture’s Other EnvironmentsA�(Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), editor of the a�?Territorya�? issue ofA�AD JournalA�(2010) and the bookA�Big and GreenA�(Princeton Architectural Press, 2003) .

Essays & Research

His essays and research are published in journals such asA�AA Files,A�AD Energies,A�Grey Room,A�Cabinet,A�Kerb,A�Log,A�Quaderns,Volume,A�The Radical History Review,A�The Journal of Architecture,The Journal of Architectural Education,A�Tarp, andA�Thresholds; and magazines, newspapers, and blogs such asArtforum,A�Architectural Record,A�Architecture,A�Metropolis,A�Domus,ARCADE,A�BldgBlog,A�Pruned,A�Edible Geography,A�Archinect,Blueprint,A�Constructs,A�Singapore Architect, theA�Village Voice,A�Time Out: New York, theA�New York Times,A�theA�New Yorker,A�Huffington Post,A�and theA�Atlantic.

David’s essays and research are also published in the following books:A�Models and DrawingsA�(Routledge, 2007);A�Architectural Theory: 1871-2005A�(Blackwell, 2008);A�Design EcologiesA�(Princeton Architectural Press, 2009);A�Writing UrbanismA�(Routledge, 2008);The Ethics of DustA�(TBA/Venice Biennale, 2009);A�The Religious Imagination in Modern Architecture: A ReaderA�(Routledge, 2011);AirA�(MIT Press, 2011);A�CouplingA�(Princeton Architectural Press, 2011);A�Landform BuildingA�(Lars Mueller, 2011);A�Urban ConstellationsA�(Jovis, 2011);A�Imperfect HealthA�(Canadian Center for Architecture, 2012);A�Landscape FuturesA�(Actar, 2013); andArchitecture and GeographyA�(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,A�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 siteA�davidgissen.org