Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió

Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió runs the Architecture Thesis for the Masters of Science in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at Columbia GSAPP. He is a graduate of UCL’s the Bartlett (BArch and Diploma), and CalArts (MA in Aesthetics and Politics).

Shvartzberg is an architect and a scholar. His current dissertation research as a PhD candidate in Architecture at GSAPP, tentatively titled “Rationalizing Global Growth: Steel Architectures, Part-to-Whole Systems, and the Infrastructures of Financial Modernity, 1890–1970,” examines the intersection between architecture, technology, finance, geopolitics and economic discourses on automation and the environment under US hegemony.

He has published and exhibited his work internationally and has taught design, history, and theory at various institutions, including CalArts, University of Southern California, Woodbury University, and Columbia University. Recent publications include: “Complexity and Contradiction in Infrastructure: On the Schumacher-Trump Hegemony” (The Avery Review, Columbia University); “Swarms and the Geopolitical Imagination” (John Gerrard: Power.Play, edited by Robin Mackay); “Contracts” (The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate, Buell Center); “Foucault’s ‘Environmental’ Power: Architecture and Neoliberal Subjectivization” (The Architect as Worker, Bloomsbury,); The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies in Architecture, (Bloomsbury); and “Architecture: On the Geontopolitics of Knowledge and Time” (forthcoming in Ed, journal of

Shvartzberg is also a researcher at The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, both at Columbia University. In 2014, he was selected to represent the United States at the Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the US pavilion’s curatorial project, OfficeUS. He has received awards from, among others, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London, CalArts, and the Buell Center.

As a practicing architect, Shvartzberg is currently developing a residential project in La Pedrera, Uruguay, and an arts/cultural project in Joshua Tree, California. Previously, he held positions at OMA in Rotterdam, where he worked on the CCTV tower in Beijing, Barozzi/Veiga in Barcelona, and was project architect for David Chipperfield Architects in London, where he led a number of international projects between 2006 and 2012, including the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, UK.

In 2008 he co-founded the experimental practice Hunter & Gatherer (with Fabian Faltin) to develop speculative projects on contemporary art, architecture and culture. Hunter & Gatherer’s award-winning productions combined think-tank-style research and publication, performance-lecturing, on-site installations and architectural design, and placed a strong emphasis on cultural critique.

Currently, Shvartzberg is serving as Research Coordinator for The Architecture Lobby, an organization advocating for the value of architecture in the general public and for architectural work within the discipline. Recent publications with The Architecture Lobby (as co-editor and contributor), include: Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice; “Identifying the Designer as Worker” (Mas Context); “Follow the Money: Mapping the Ecosystem of Research and Prize Funding in Architecture” (ARPA Journal); and (forthcoming), “For an Architecture of Radical Democracy” (Project).

Most recently, Shvartzberg joined the project team of Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative for Systems and the South: Architecture in Development, for which he will contribute an essay, titled, “Palm Springs and the Nomos of Modernity: ‘Steel Fundamentalism,’ Prefabricated Housing, and The Techno-Politics of Capitalist Growth, 1933–1968.”

Forthcoming lectures and presentations include: “The Laws of Steel: Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern, Real Estate, and Finance” at the Society for American City & Regional Planning History conference; “Standardizing Jurisdictional Interlock: Prefabricated Steel Houses, Labor, and Automation in Postwar America, 1943–1968” at the ‘Tools of the Architect’ conference in Delft/Rotterdam, and the ‘Standardizing Architecture’ symposium in Frankfurt; “On Gramscian Hegemony and the Problem of Scale—Thoughts for a Radically Democratic Architecture” at the ‘Stocktaking: Architecture After Neoliberalism’ conference, School of Architecture and Design, Lebanese American University LAU-Beirut; and “Palm Springs: Infrastructures of Leisure and Dispossession in the Postwar Industrial State,” at the Society of Architectural Historians 2018 Annual International Conference, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4041‑1 Spring 2019
CCCP Thesis II
Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió CCCP REQUIRED 2ND YR
W 1 PM - 3 PM
9 Points
A4040‑1 Fall 2018
CCCP Arch Thesis
Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió Required for CCCP 2nd Year, CCCP Only
412 Avery
W 2 PM - 4 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
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