Panel Participants


James Graham

James Graham is the Director of Publications at Columbia GSAPP, where he is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He directs the Columbia Books on Architecture and the City imprint, for which he has edited or co-edited a number of volumes, including Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (2016) and 2000+: The Urgencies of Architectural Theory (2015). In 2014, he founded the Avery Review, a digital periodical of critical essays on architecture. His own scholarly work has been published in Grey Room, AA Files, Manifest and JSAH, among other journals. He also has degrees in architecture from MIT and the University of Virginia, and is a registered architect.

Michael Manfredi 

Michael Manfredi is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, based in New York City and is currently the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University. WEISS/MANFREDI received the American Academy of Arts and Letters award which acknowledged the distinct vision of the firm and was named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York. Michael Manfredi was born in Trieste, Italy and grew up in Rome. He completed his undergraduate education in the United States and received his Master of Architecture at Cornell University where he studied with Colin Rowe. He won the Paris Prize, was a Cornell Fellow and was awarded an Eidlitz Fellowship. He has taught design studios at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Cornell and, most recently, at Harvard University. 

Mark Rakatansky

Mark Rakatansky is Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP and principal of Mark Rakatansky Studio. He is the author of Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt (Architectural Association, 2012). Other recent publications and interviews include “Palladio and Eisenman Redux: Outside-In,” in Constructs (YSoA, 2016) “Mark Rakatansky, Mark Rakatansky Studio,” Conversation with the Editors, in Project (2015); “Mark Rakatansky” in Form, Idea, Resonance: Thirty Years of Architectural League Emerging Voices (PAP, 2015); and “The Transformations of Giulio Romano” in Giulio Romano e l’arte del Cinquecento (Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2014). Current and recently completed projects include a cluster housing project, a townhouse, and the residence Permana in Jakarta.

Malkit Shoshan 

Malkit Shoshan is the founder of FAST, The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. Her work explores the relationship between architecture, politics, and human rights. She is the author of the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict, Israel-Palestine (Uitgeverij 010, 2010), and co-author of Village (Damiani Editore, 2014). Currently, she is the curator of BLUE: Architecture of UN peacekeeping missions, the Dutch entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale. Malkit studied architecture at the Technion (Israel), and the IUAV (Italy). She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Delft University of Technology. Her dissertation explores the role architecture can have in conflict areas, focusing on UN missions.