Dean of SCE & Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design
Robert Kirkbride is Dean of Parsons' School of Constructed Environments and Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design. His website may be visited at http://robertkirkbride.com. 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.
Ph.D., History and Theory of Architecture, McGill University, 2003
Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Design of the Environment, 1988
Memorial stone for Giuseppe + Claudia Zambonini (2016): Cimitero Monumentale (Verona, Italy). Commission by C. Zambonini. Design complete. Fabrication in process.
Morbid Anatomy Museum (2014): Renovation of 4200 sq. ft. 3-story museum for anatomical curiosities, including a library for the permanent collection, an exhibition gallery, café and retail, a lecture space and workshop. Brooklyn (Gowanus), NY. In collaboration with Anthony Cohn, AIA.
Caitlin O’Connor Apartment (2013-15): 720 sq. ft. residential renovation. Brooklyn (Park Slope), NY. Interiors, furnishings.
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). http://www.gutenberg-e.org/kirkbride/
Geometries of Rhetoric, Guest Editor, Nexus Network Journal, Vol. 12 No. 3 (Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, Winter 2010) pp. 363-535. Online access: http://www.nexusjournal.com/volume-12/number-3--november-2010.html (Peer-reviewed journal)
Select recent articles + at press:
architecture,furniture,product design,memory + identity,sustainable design
University Distinguished Teaching Award, Parsons/The New School
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
Poetics of Design
Poetics of Design (Fall 2018)