Christopher Marcinkoski

Christopher Marcinkoski is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed architect and founding director of PORT A+U, a leading-edge urban design consultancy. Prior to his appointment at Penn, Christopher was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations in New York where he led that office’s large-scale urban design work including the QianHai Water City in Shenzhen and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis.

Mr. Marcinkoski’s design work and research has been published internationally in a range of journals and books, among them MONU 19 – Greater Urbanism; Paisea 23 – Large Scale; Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition + Symposium (National University of Singapore); Proceedings of the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture; Urban INFILL volume no. 5: Diagrammatically (Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative/Kent State University); Praxis: Journal of Writing and Building, Issue 13 – Eco-Logics; A+T #37 – Strategy Space; ExtraStateCraft: Global Infrastructure as a Medium of Polity (Jan van Eyck Academie); Harvard Design Magazine #33; Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (Princeton Architectural Press); MID-(Mississipi State University); Dirt: via Books Volume 2 (MIT Press); Fast Forward Urbanism (Princeton Architectural Press); Architecture as Infrastructure: Designing Composite Networks (Jovis); Landscape Architecture China; Metropolis; and 20|20: Editorial Takes On Architectural Discourse (Architectural Association Publications).

Mr. Marcinkoski’s current research uses the urbanistic crisis that emerged in Spain over the first decade of the 21st century as a platform for considering the increasingly speculative nature of contemporary urbanization, and in particular, the disciplinary implications for the design and planning professions engaged in the work that comprises this phenomenon. His forthcoming book on the subject is titled The City That Never Was – Urbanization After the Bubble.

Mr. Marcinkoski holds a B.Arch with distinction from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.Arch from Yale University, where he was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence and the Christopher Tunnard Fellowship for Achievement in Urban Planning. In 2004, Mr. Marcinkoski was awarded the prestigious Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Fellowship for Urban Design. He was editor of Perspecta 38 | Architecture After All (MIT Press, 2006).