We are deeply saddened by the passing of Michael Sorkin.
Born in 2 August 1948, Michael Sorkin was a renowned American architect, author, and teacher based in New York. Considered to be one of the most distinctive voices for social justice and sustainability in the design of the urban environment, he received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1970, and a Masters in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sorkin also held a Master’s degree in English from Columbia University.
He was founding Principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, a New York-based global design practice with special interests in urban planning, urban design and green urbanism; President and Founder of Terreform, a non-profit institute dedicated to research into the forms and practices of just and sustainable urbanism; and Co-President of the Forum and Institute for Urban Design. He was a distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Programme in Urban Design at City College of New York. Sorkin was also a member of the Advisory Board and Master Faculty at the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, based in Dhaka Bangladesh.
As a writer and critic, and as the author of numerous influential essays on wide ranging themes, Sorkin has been a tremendous force in the ethics and practice of contemporary architecture. He was a recipient of the Graham Foundation Architecture Award (2010) and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Design Mind Award (2013).
Michael Sorkin passed away on 26 March 2020 in New York, after contracting the coronavirus, at the age of 71.