Board of Directors
Board of DIRECTORS
Michael Sorkin, President, is an architect and urbanist whose practice spans design, criticism, and pedagogy. Since 2000, Sorkin has been Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at City College of New York. He is the architecture critic for The Nation, contributing editor at Architectural Record, and author or editor of twenty books. Sorkin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the recipient of the 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. He is also Principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, an international design practice that works in close collaboration with Terreform.
Joan Copjec, Vice-President and Chair, is Professor of Modern Culture and Media, and the Chesler-Mallow Senior Research Fellow at the Pembroke Center at Brown University. She is the author of two books—including Read My Desire, recently reprinted in Verso's “Radical Thinkers”" series—and a third on Islamic philosophy and the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami (forthcoming). She is also the editor of a number of book collections and essays on cinema, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and cultural theory and was a long-time editor of the art journal, October, and the Lacanian journal, Umbr(a).
Jonathan House, Secretary, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice, is on the faculty of Columbia where he teaches graduate courses within the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society; within the Department of Psychiatry, he teaches at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and also teaches psychiatric residents and medical students. A translator and editor of works by Jean Laplanche, he was appointed by Laplanche to the Conseil Scientifique of the Fondation Jean Laplanche. He is General Editor at The Unconscious in Translation, a new publisher devoted to English translations of French texts about psychoanalysis. A former Secretary of the American Psychoanalytic Association, he is currently on its Board of Directors.
Richard Finkelstein is a painter and a photographer currently represented by the Robert Mann Gallery in New York. Prior to his work as an artist, he was a public interest lawyer, an assistant clinical professor of law at New York University School of Law where he was director of its Criminal Law Clinic, and the co-founder and director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. See his artwork here.
M. Christine Boyer is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Princeton University. Professor Boyer is an urban historian whose interests include the history of the city, city planning, preservation planning, and computer science. Before joining Princeton she was professor and chair of the City and Regional Planning Program at Pratt Institute and she has taught at Cooper Union, Columbia University and Harvard University. Her publications include Dreaming the Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning 1890-1945 (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1983), Manhattan Manners: Architecture and Style 1850-1900 (New York: Rizzoli, 1985), The City of Collective Memory (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1994), and CyberCities (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996).
Makoto Okazaki is Partner and Principal Architect at Michael Sorkin Studio. Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, he has twenty-five years of experience in architecture, urban design, and construction management, with an architectural license approved by the Japanese Ministry of Construction (1995). He also holds a Masters in Urban Planning degree from The City College of New York. Makoto is devoted to both practical and theoretical projects at all scales, with a special interest in the city and green architecture.