Michael Sorkin is Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York. From 1993 to 2000 he was professor and director of the Institute for Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Sorkin’s long academic career has also included professorships at Cooper Union; Harvard, Yale (holder of the Davenport and Bishop chairs), Cornell (Gensler Chari), and Columbia universities, and the Universities of Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan (Saarinen Chair), and Nebraska (Hyde Chair).
Sorkin lectures widely and is the author of several hundred articles on architectural and urban subjects as well as more than a dozen books. For ten years he was the architectural critic of the Village Voice and is currently contributing editor for Architectural Record.
Sorkin is also president of Terreform, a nonprofit engaged in urban research and advocacy and president of the Institute for Urban Design.