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Mark Wigley

Mark Wigley is Professor of Architecture and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. He is a historian, theorist, and critic who explores the intersection of architecture, art, philosophy, culture, and technology. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His books include Konrad Wachsmann’s Television: Post-Architectural Transmissions (Sternberg Press, 2020), Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark (Power Station of Art, 2019); Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation (Lars Müller, 2018); Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design (with Beatriz Colomina; Lars Müller, 2016); Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio (Lars Müller, 2015); Casa da Música / Porto (with Rem Koolhaas; Fundação Casa da Música, 2008), Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (010 Publishers, 1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1995); Derrida’s Haunt: The Architecture of Deconstruction (MIT Press, 1993), and Deconstructivist Architecture (with Philip Johnson; MoMA, 1988). He has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center, Columbia University, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Power Station of Art. He was the co-curator of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial in 2016 with Beatriz Colomina, the curator of The Human Insect: Antennas 1886-2017 at Het Nieuw Instituut, Rotterdam in 2018 and most recently “Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark” at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2019–20).

Recent Articles:

“The Drawing that Ate Architecture,” Jencks Foundation, 2023.

“The Unbinding Interior of Friedl Dicker,” in Stefanie Kitzberger, Cosima Rainer, and Linda Schäler (eds.), Friedl Dicker-Brandeis: Works from the Collection of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022). [English and German editions]

“The Excremental Interior,” in Lydia Kallipoliti and Areti Markopoulou (eds.), Edible: Or, The Architecture of Metabolism, (Tallin Architecture Biennale, 2002). [also online in E-flux Architecture, Sept. 2022].

“The Intolerances of Architecture,” Pari Riahi, Laure Katsaros and Michael t. David (eds.), Exactitude: On Precision and Play in Contemporary Architecture, (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2022).

“The Architecture of Disorientation,” in Francesco Stocchi (ed.), The Dream of Ulysses, (Paris: Dilecta, 2022). [in English and French]

“Time Machines,” in Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton (eds.), The Turn of the Century: A Reader About Architecture in Europe 1990-2020, (Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, Park Books, 2021).

“This is Not a Pipe: The Hidden Wet Community,” Andres Jaques (ed.), Flows: Bodies of Water—A Reader, (Shanghai: Power Station of Art, 2021). [in Chinese and English]

“Returning the Gift: Running Architecture in Reverse,” in Space Caviar (ed.), Non-Extractive Architecture, Volume 1: On Designing without Depletion, (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2021).

“Chronic Whiteness,” in e-Flux “Sick Architecture” series, 2020.

“The Bacterial Clients of Modern Architecture,” in Docomomo Journal, no 62, 2020. [with Beatriz Colomina].


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4469‑1 Fall 2024
The History of Architecture Theory
Mark Wigley
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
A4597‑1 Fall 2024
Extreme Design
Mark Wigley
TU 11 AM- 1 PM
3 Points
A4349‑1 Spring 2024
Questions in Architectural History II
Mark Wigley
Ware Lounge (600 Avery)
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
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