The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture inspires and enables the next generation professionals to create sustainable, equitable, and beautiful solutions for the global community of the 21st century. It is the premier public school of architecture in New York City, opening the door to talented individuals from all backgrounds.
Philanthropy allows us to attract top faculty, initiate timely programs, support our students, and invest in vital resources, such as access to cutting-edge technology and equipment, that set the Spitzer School apart.
You can be a part of this transformation. Help make a difference at City College of New York at the Spitzer School of Architecture by visiting our giving page: CCNY Giving
You may also contact Dean Marta Gutman for information about contributing financial support.
Michael Sorkin Visiting Distinguished Lecturer Fund
The Michael Sorkin Visiting Distinguished Lecturer Fund was launched in 2022 to endow the Michael Sorkin Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at the Spitzer School of Architecture in honor of Distinguished Professor Michael Sorkin (1948-2020) and the 20 years he served on our faculty.
This fund will bring a distinguished senior designer or scholar with expertise in urbanism to teach an advanced seminar or studio for a semester each year in order to further conversation about cities in the past, present, and/or future. The visiting distinguished lecturer will also deliver the annual Mumford Lecture, continuing the series — initiated by Michael — of distinguished urbanists invited to speak freely and publicly about the future of cities and the social purposes of architecture.
Michael defended equity and justice. He asked designers to come up with new ways of living and to make cities more equitable, more beautiful, more humanistic and life-affirming. This fund ensures that Michael’s dedication to equity and excellence will continue to thrive at Spitzer. Help make this professorship a reality by adding YOUR support. We ask you, humbly, to THINK BIG. Think about your love for Michael and what this will mean to his memory here at Spitzer.
On March 26, 2021, the first anniversary of the loss of Michael Sorkin to COVID-19, his comrades Trevor Boddy, Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman, Eyal Weizman, and Sharon Zukin and his wife, Joan Copjec, gathered to celebrate his enduring contributions and to consider: What would Michael call on us to do next?
Those wishing to read more about Michael Sorkin or to share a memory or tribute may do so on our Remembering Michael Sorkin page.