Michael Bell is Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. Bell is founding chair of the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials and was Director of the Master of Architecture Program Core Design Studios from 2000 to 2014. Bell directed the school’s “Housing Studio” for eleven years and currently leads a course focused on Public Housing in the United States.
Bell’s architectural design work has been commissioned and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art; The Venice Biennale; The Yale School of Architecture; The University Art Museum, Berkeley; and at Arci-Lab, France. Bell has received four Progressive Architecture Awards, and work is also included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Books by Michael Bell include Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass; 16 Houses: Designing the Public’s Private House; Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City; and Slow Space.
Bell has taught at The University of California at Berkeley, Rice University, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has also been a visiting professor at University of Michigan as the Saarinen Professor of Architecture and the Friedman Professor of Practice at Berkeley. Bell was also a fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
Bell's Binocular House is featured in Kenneth Frampton’s "American Masterworks: Houses of the Twentieth & Twenty-first Centuries.”