Guest Speakers

Jeffrey Kipnis
The Ohio State University
Jeffrey Kipnis is an American critic, urban designer, film-maker, theorist, curator, and Professor of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Kipnis taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London from 1992-1995, where he ran the Graduate Design Program. In 2006 and 2007 he is a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. As a critic he has written for many different periodicals, such as Assemblage and El Croquis. As a designer Kipnis collaborated with architects Reiser and Umemoto in designing the Water Garden in Columbus, Ohio and the Kansai-Kan National Diet Library. In 1981 Kipnis earned a Masters degree in physics from Georgia State University. In 2006 Kipnis was awarded an honorary Diploma by the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, in recognition of his contributions as a teacher, critic and theorist, to the discipline of architecture. Kipnis first came to prominence through his collaborations with avant-gardist theorist and architect Peter Eisenman, and their joint collaboration with French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

John McMorrough
University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
John McMorrough is a principal architect in the firm studioAPT and Chair of the Architecture Program at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, a Master of Architecture (with distinction) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University, where his doctoral research was on the pre-history of post-modernism. His current writings on the problematics of contemporary design include treatments of supergraphics, pedestrian malls, and the apocalypse. As an architect John has worked for design offices in Kansas City, New York, and Rotterdam, and has taught theory and design at the Yale School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ohio State University, and the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.