Sanford Kwinter is a Canadian-born, New York-based writer and architectural theorist, and a co-founder of the influential Zone Books publishers. Kwinter currently serves as Professor of Theory and Criticism at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He formerly served as an associate professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and has also taught at MIT, Columbia University and Cornell University and as an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design. Having received a doctorate in comparative literature from Columbia University, Kwinter lectured at Harvard University, the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Architectural Association in London and the Staedelschule in Frankfurt. Over the past twenty years, his publications have pioneered new ideas in art, architecture, science and the humanities. He has written widely on philosophical issues related to design, architecture, and urbanism, and was involved in the series of conferences and publications convened by ANY magazine between 1991 and 2000.
Kwinter has a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
- ZONE 1/2: The Contemporary City (1986) MIT Press.
- ZONE 6: Incorporations (1992) MIT Press.
- Architectures of Time: Toward a Theory of the Event in Modernist Culture (2001) MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-61181-3
- Far from Equilibrium: Essays on Technology and Design Culture (2008) Actar Press. ISBN 84-96540-64-2
- Requiem: For the City at the End of the Millennium (2010) Actar Press. ISBN 978-84-92861-20-0
- Harvard University Graduate School of Design: Sanford Kwinter Profile, retrieved 16 May 2011
- Pratt Institute Graduate Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty Profile: Sanford Kwinter, retrieved 2 December 2011
- Sanford Kwinter Faculty Profile at Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Städelschule Architecture Class Faculty 2008
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