Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design
David Gissen works at the intersection of architecture, environmental history and experimental design. He is a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria; former professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco; and former visiting professor at Columbia University and MIT. His books include an architectural history of urban environmental degradation, Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments (2009) and a history of New York City as told through the city’s air, Manhattan Atmospheres (2014). His visual and physical reconstructions of historic landscapes, urban atmospheres and interior environments have been published and exhibited internationally; this includes exhibitions at the 2016 Venice Biennale and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, among other venues. He is the author of numerous texts and studies of architectural and environmental history, architecture theory, and recent work that connects environmental theory to the experience of human impairment. In 2020 he will join the New School University as Professor of Architecture and Urban History.