Michael Bell is a tenured Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. At Columbia Bell focuses on housing and architectural materials and is founding Chair of the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials and former Director of the Master of Architecture Core Design Studios (2000-2014) and as well as Director, the Columbia Housing Design Studios (2000-2011).
Bell has taught the University of California, Berkeley; Rice University; the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the University of Michigan where he was the Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architecture. Bell recently served as the Friedman Professor of Practice at Berkeley and served as a Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard.
Books by Michael Bell include: Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass; Solid States: Concrete in Transition; Post-Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering; Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering; Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City and 16 Houses: Designing the Publicʼs Private House.
Bell’s architectural design has been commissioned and exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art and is included in the permanent collection at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Bell's Binocular House is featured in Kenneth Frampton’s American Masterworks: Houses of the Twentieth & Twenty-first Centuries.
Bell’s practice includes work in the United States and China and he frequently collaborates with Eunjeong Seong under the firm name Bell / Seong. Bell is also a founder of Visible Weather, a research/design collaboration with Eunjeong Seong and partners in engineering, energy and housing economics.
Bell holds degrees in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
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