Alexander Eisenschmidt

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MArch, Pratt Institute, New York
Dipl-Arch, HTWK, Leipzig

Alexander Eisenschmidt is an architect and writer who teaches design and courses in history and theory. Before joining UIC, Eisenschmidt taught at Syracuse University and Pratt Institute in New York and held a visiting position at the University of Pennsylvania. His research investigates the productive tension between the modern city and architectural form—a topic on which he has lectured extensively and chaired conferences in institutions ranging from the Free University in Berlin to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His writings have appeared in Architectural Research Quarterly, Zeitschrift für Zeithistorische Forschungen, The Architect's Newspaper New York, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. He is the reviews editor for the Journal of Architectural Education, the guest editor of City Catalyst by AD magazine (2012), and is currently working on a book entitled The Good Metropolis. Most recently, Eisenschmidt was curator and contributor of City Works, a collaborative installation at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2012). As a co-founder and partner in the design practice Studio Offshore, Eisenschmidt understands the challenges of the contemporary environment as opportunities, the contemporary city as a resource, and architectural design as a strategic device.