AIA CES Credits
AV Office
Abstract Publication
Academic Affairs
Academic Calendar, Columbia University
Academic Calendar, GSAPP
Admissions Office
Advanced Standing Waiver Form
Alumni Board
Alumni Office
Anti-Racism Curriculum Development Award
Architecture Studio Lottery
Avery Library
Avery Review
Avery Shorts


STEM Designation
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Skill Trails
Student Affairs
Student Awards
Student Conduct
Student Council (All Programs)
Student Financial Services
Student Health Services at Columbia
Student Organization Handbook
Student Organizations
Student Services Center
Student Services Online (SSOL)
Student Work Online
Studio Culture Policy
Studio Procedures
Summer Workshops
Support GSAPP
This website uses cookies as well as similar tools and technologies to understand visitors' experiences. By continuing to use this website, you consent to Columbia University's usage of cookies and similar technologies, in accordance with the Columbia University Website Cookie Notice Group 6

Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió

Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió is an architect and scholar based at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, where he runs the Thesis for the Master’s program in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture. At GSAPP he is also a candidate in the PhD in Architecture program, and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Currently, he is also a Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Mellon program in Egalitarianism and the Metropolis (2018–19).

His dissertation, Designing ‘Post-Industrial Society’: Settler Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Palm Springs, California, 1876-1973, was the Graham Foundation’s Carter Manny Award finalist in 2018. The dissertation examines how architecture and infrastructure constructed a discourse and a techno-politics of economic growth and settler-colonial sovereignty, as well as theories and practices of decolonization across the Americas.

Shvartzberg Carrió is a graduate of UCL’s the Bartlett (BArch and Diploma), and CalArts (MA in Aesthetics and Politics). 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. Previously, he was project architect for David Chipperfield Architects in London, where he led a number of international projects between 2006 and 2012. He has also worked at OMA in Rotterdam and with Barozzi/Veiga in Barcelona, among others.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

  • “Palm Springs and the Nomos of Modernity: Prefabricated Steel Houses, Automation, and Settler Colonialism in Postwar America, 1943–1968,” in Productive Universals—Specific Situations: Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture and Urbanism, edited by Anne Kockelkorn & Nina Zschocke (Sternberg Press)

  • “Infrastructures of Dependency: U.S. Steel and Architectural Expertise in Palm Springs, California, and Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, 1940–1965,” in Systems and the South: Architecture in Development (Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative)

  • “Socializing Practice: From Small Firms to Cooperative Models of Architecture Work” (co-written with Aaron Cayer, Shawhin Roudbari, and Peggy Deamer), in Spatial Practices: Modes of Action and Engagement with the City, edited by Mel Dodd and Shumi Bose (Routledge)

  • “Complexity and Contradiction in Infrastructure: On the Schumacher-Trump Hegemony,” in The Avery Review (Columbia University)

  • “Swarms and the Geopolitical Imagination,” in John Gerrard: Power.Play, edited by Robin Mackay (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing)

  • “Contracts,” in The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate, edited by Reinhold Martin, Jacob Moore, and Susanne Schindler (Buell Center)

  • “Foucault’s ‘Environmental’ Power: Architecture and Neoliberal Subjectivization,” in The Architect as Worker (Bloomsbury)

  • The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies in Architecture (Bloomsbury)

  • “Securitizing the Demos: Constructing the First U.S. Real Estate Financial Index, 1975–1983,” in ARQ journal

  • “Automated Architectures of Leisure,” in Work, Body, Leisure, the Dutch pavilion’s catalogue for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial

  • “Origins of the Neoliberal City,” in STADIUM, the Chile pavilion’s catalogue for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial

  • “Defending Democracy: Against Anarcho-Capitalist Architecture,” in ARCH+: Journal for Architecture and Urbanism (“The Property Issue”)

  • “For an Architecture of Radical Democracy” (with Peggy Deamer), in Project journal

  • “Architecture: On the Geontopolitics of Knowledge and Time,” in Ed, print journal of Archinect.com

Since 2015, he has been Research Coordinator for The Architecture Lobby, an organization advocating for the value of architecture in the general public and for architectural work within the profession.

His work has been supported by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, The Huntington Library and Archives, and the Graham Foundation, among others.


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
A4041‑1 Spring 2018
CCCP Thesis II
Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió Required for CCCP 2nd Year
505 Avery
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
9 Points