Michael D. Sorkin (born 1948) was an American architect, author, and educator based in New York City. He wass one of the most provocative and polemical voices in contemporary culture and in the design of urban places at the turn of the twenty-first century.
Michael David Sorkin (August 2, 1948 – March 26, 2020) was an American urbanist architect, author, and educator based in New York City.He was considered to be a provocative and polemical voice in contemporary culture and in the design of urban places at the turn of the twenty-first century. In addition to being a noted professor at many great architectural schools, he was an architectural critic for the Village Voice and a guest columnist in many publications.He was director of the urban design graduate program at City College of New York.
Sorkin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1948. He was an architect and urbanist whose practice spanned design, planning, criticism, and teaching.Sorkin received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1969, and a masters in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Arch ’74). Sorkin also held a master’s degree in English from Columbia University (MA ’70). He was founding principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, a New York-based global design practice with special interests in urban planning, urban design and green urbanism.
Sorkin was house architecture critic for The Village Voice in the 1980s, and he authored numerous articles and books on the subjects of contemporary architecture, design, cities, and the role of democracy in architecture.
Sorkin was the co-president of the Institute for Urban Design, an education and advocacy organization, and vice president of the Urban Design Forum in New York. In 2013, Sorkin was awarded the Design Mind award by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
He was a principal in the Michael Sorkin Studio and president of Terreform, a nonprofit research group.
On March 26, 2020, Sorkin died from complications brought on by COVID-19 in Manhattan.
Mourning his death, architectural mavens were effusive in their praise of his writing and critical skill.