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Christoph Kumpusch

Christoph a. Kumpusch is a New York-based architect and the Head of Forward Slash ( / ) Architektur and the Co-Founder of the Mutating-Cities Institute. He teaches design studios and visual studies courses in the Architecture and Real Estate programs at Columbia GSAPP, where he also directs the Extraction Laboratory.

Kumpusch is the director of Forward-slash, a multidisciplinary practice founded in 2008, and the head of Back-slash, the experimental arm of Forward-slash (/), investigating technology and material effects on form and tectonics. It grounds its work in a concentrated research program focused on architectural details and the spawning of new buildings from the smallest parts outward. A theoretical project runs parallel to this work, identifying historical and cultural contexts triggered by detail innovation. The office is both a design and publishing outfit, producing essays, books, exhibitions, installations, podcasts, performances, films, and buildings.

Kumpusch was a Leonardo da Vinci Fellow and a Rudolf M. Schindler Scholar, MAK Center Architect in Residence, USAA Scholar, National Collegiate Engineering Award-winner and a 2013 and 2015 Graham Foundation Grantee. Kumpusch is co-author of System Wien; editor of IDEA(u)topsy; IDEA(L); Built Ideas; The Light Pavilion (Lars Müller Publishers, 2013); Urban Hopes – Made in China (Lars Müller Publishers, 2014) and Detail Kultur – If Buildings Had DNA (AADCU, 2016).

Christoph Kumpusch coordinated the Core I Architecture Studios at Columbia GSAPP from 2015 to 2018. He has previously taught at the Cornell University’s AAP, Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, MIT, Ohio State University, Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and the Department of Humanities and Media Studies, and SCI-Arc. He has been an invited juror at Harvard University, Yale University, The Architectural Association, Bartlett and Greenwich University in London and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marseille, and he serves as an external advisor of the Architectural Association’s PhD colloquium.

In 2010 Kumpusch co-founded the Institute of Mutating Cities with Youmna Chlala. In 2012 Kumpusch completed his Ph.D. on “Detail Kultur – If Buildings Had DNA: Case Studies of Mutations” at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst - Wien. Recent projects include an elephant playground and water park in Patong, Thailand; a co-working-space in Shoreditch, London and a feasibility study for a theater in Havana, Cuba. The Light Pavilion at the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, one of several projects spanning a decade of collaboration with Lebbeus Woods, was recently completed. The first of 10 storefronts for the gender-fluid non-binary fashion brand Verv.London is currently under construction in Hackney/London. This Fall, two exhibitions, one at the MAK-Center in Los Angeles “Salt Works”, and one at the ACFNY in New York “Fluid Details” will open. The construction of “Lineatur”, a house at the intersection of Austria-Slovenia-Hungary will break ground in January 2020.

Forward Slash was the winner of an international competition to build the first ever hub and theater-space for Performa 15 - a world-renowned venue for performing arts in New York’s TriBeCa. In 2018, Forward Slash competed and was shortlisted in the Burning Man Temple competition.


In this Bonus Episode of the GSAPP Conversations podcast, Christoph Kumpusch introduces GSAPP’s new Extraction Lab in a conversation with ArchDaily’s Editor at Large, James Taylor-Foster.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4832‑1 Fall 2020
Lines Not Splines: Drawing as Invention
Christoph Kumpusch
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
3 Points
A4102‑6 Spring 2020
School for Outsiders
Arch kumpush anselsidiadinoto sp20 3 section2
Arch kumpusch karachiwala sp20 4 elevation sm
Arch kumpusch genehan sp20 1 coresectionperspective sm
Christoph Kumpusch Syllabus
0 Points
A4105‑12 Fall 2019
Arch ascher kumpusch dylan mo daniel mauricio bernal fa19 01 rendering01
Arch ascher kumpusch dylan mo daniel mauricio bernal fa19 02 rendering02
Arch ascher kumpusch dylan mo daniel mauricio bernal fa19 03 rendering03
Kate Ascher, Christoph Kumpusch Syllabus
0 Points
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