Architect, Urbanist, Critique
Brilliant, mercurial, and never afraid to make the facts shine, Michael Sorkin was perhaps the most important urbanist and architectural thinker of his generation. As a writer and critic, and as author of hundreds of influential essays on wide ranging themes, he was a tremendous force in the ethics and practice of contemporary architecture. In 2013, he won the National Design Award as “Design Mind.” Michael Sorkin was also Principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, a global design practice working at all scales with a special interest in the city and green architecture; President and founder of Terreform, a non-profit institute dedicated to research into the forms and practices of just and sustainable urbanism; and Co-President of the Forum and Institute for Urban Design. He was also Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at City College of New York.
Michael Sorkin died on 26th March 2020 at the age of 71 in New York from COVID19 related complications.