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Alexander Eisenschmidt

Alexander Eisenschmidt is a designer, theorist, and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. He directs the Visionary Cities Project, a research-based platform devoted to the contemporary city and speculations on new forms of architectural urbanism and he leads the architecture and urban design practice Studio Offshore. He is author of The Good Metropolis: From Urban Formlessness to Metropolitan Architecture (Birkhäuser, 2019), editor of Chicagoisms with Jonathan Mekinda (Park Books, 2013), and guest-editor of City Catalyst (Architectural Design, 2012), among other volumes. From 2012 to 2013, Eisenschmidt was the reviews editor of the Journal of Architectural Education. His writings have appeared in publications ranging from Grey Room and The Journal of Architectural Education to The Architect’s Newspaper, the Zeitschrift für Zeithistorische Forschungen, and chapters in numerous anthologies. In addition, Eisenschmidt has curated and his research and design work has been exhibited in venues such as the International Architectural Biennale in Venice, the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Biennale on Urbanism in Shenzhen, China, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in Portugal, the Druker Design Gallery at Harvard’s GSD, and the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Korea. He holds a Diploma in architecture and Städtebau from the HTWK in Leipzig, Germany, a M.Arch from Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Past Works

The Good Metropolis: From Urban Formlessness to Metropolitan Architecture

Collective City, VCP

Chicagoisms

Collective City