Robert Kirkbride, Ph.D., is Dean of Parsons School of Constructed Environments, and Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design at Parsons School of Design, in New York City. Dr. Kirkbride is also director of studio ‘patafisico, and Spokesperson and a founding Trustee for PreservationWorks, a national 501c3 organization advocating the preservation and adaptive reuse of Kirkbride Plan Hospitals. Robert is related to Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride, author of the influential 1854 treatise on hospitals for the insane and the “Kirkbride Plan” that shaped asylums across the United States, in Canada and Australia. Robert’s work integrates scholarship and design practice, and he has an abiding fascination with forms of knowledge and know-how that are overlooked and slip through cracks, including buildings and everyday habits. Dr. Kirkbride recently designed the Morbid Anatomy Museum, with collaborator Anthony Cohn, and authored the award-winning multimedia online book Architecture and Memory, which reconstructs the educational and rhetorical uses of two Renaissance memory chambers. Robert has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, architect-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy, and an editorial board member of the Nexus Network Journal (Birkhäuser), and Alphabet City (MIT Press). He received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University, and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania.
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