about

Alexander Eisenschmidt is a designer, theorist, and Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches design studios and courses in history and theory. His work investigates the productive tension between the modern city and architectural form – a topic on which he has lectured, chaired conferences, and published extensively, ranging in venues from the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians to Grey Room and The Architect’s Newspaper New York. He is author and editor of City Catalyst (Architectural Design, 2012), contributing lead-editor of Chicagoisms (Scheidegger & Spiess / Park Books, 2013), and from 2012 to 2013 was the reviews editor of the Journal of Architectural Education, where he restructured the section as a thematically curated arsenal of ideas. Eisenschmidt is also the designer and curator of “City Works,” a collaborative exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2012) to which he contributed a 100 ft. long panorama drawing. In 2014, he co-curator and designed the exhibition “Chicagoisms” at the Art Institute of Chicago and his exhibition “Collective City” was part of the 2015 International Biennale on Urbanism in Shenzhen, China. In addition, Eisenschmidt is a founding partner in the design practice Studio Offshore and the director of the Visionary Cities Project, a research-based platform devoted to the study of the contemporary city and to speculations on new forms of architectural urbanism. His current book project is entitled The Good Metropolis.