• Robert Kirkbride

    Dean of SCE & Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design

    School Dean

    Office Location:

    Parsons East


    Robert Kirkbride is Dean of Parsons' School of Constructed Environments and Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design. Dr. Kirkbride has been director of studio ‘patafisico for 25 years, and is also Spokesperson and a founding Trustee for PreservationWorks, a non-profit organization for the adaptive reuse of Kirkbride Plan Hospitals. Robert’s work integrates scholarship and practice, exploring forms of knowledge and know-how that don’t quite fit; things that have been lost or overlooked, including everyday habits and their impressions on the built environment. Robert designed the Morbid Anatomy Museum, in Brooklyn, NY, with collaborator Anthony Cohn, and authored the award-winning multimedia online book, Architecture and Memory, which focuses on two Renaissance memory chambers. Dean Kirkbride has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and architect-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy. At Parsons/The New School, where he recently received the University Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Kirkbride established the Giuseppe Zambonini Archive at the Kellen Design Archives, and is an ongoing contributor to Memory Studies. Robert received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University, and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania. 

    Recent Publications:



    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro, XML Title List: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Humanities E-Book, 2013 (launched in XML on ACLS site; reformatted from original multimedia open source and print versions published by Columbia University Press, 2008).

    Edited Volumes:

    Geometries of Rhetoric, Guest Editor, Nexus Network Journal, Vol. 12 No. 3 (Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, Winter 2010) pp. 363-535. Online access: (Peer-reviewed journal)

    Select recent articles + at press:

    • “Rhetoric and Architecture,” commissioned chapter for The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, eds. M. MacDonald, A. McMurry (Oxford University Press, 2014).
    • “The Reading Chamber,” Architecture’s Appeal, eds. M. Neveu, Negin Djavaherian (London: Routledge, 2014). AT PRESS (Peer-reviewed: editorial board)
    • “Biography and Project Summary for Giuseppe Zambonini (1942-90),” co-written with Claudia Zambonini, Kenneth Henwood. Emerging Voices: 30 Year Retrospective, The Architecture League/Pentagram (Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014). AT PRESS
    • “Veils and Velocities,” Cuaderno 48: Centro de Estudios en Diseño y Comunicación, eds. Marisa Cuervo, Marcia Veneziani and Steven Faerm (Buenos Aires: University of Palermo UP, June 2013) pp. 177-90. ISSN 1668-5229. (Peer-reviewed: editorial board)


    Research Interests:

    architecture,furniture,product design,memory + identity,sustainable design

    Awards and Honors:

    Gutenberg-e Prize, American Historical Association in conjunction with Columbia University Press; to publish multimedia open access e-book, Architecture and Memory

    CCA Fellow, Visiting Scholar: Canadian Centre for Architecture. Montréal, Canada

    Bogliasco Fellow, Architect-in-Residence: Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, Genoa, Italy

    Current Courses:

    Poetics of Design