Due to complications, arising from novel Covid – 19, Renowned American architect and critic Michael D. Sorkin passed away at the age of 71 on 26th March. Sorkin was a New York-based writer and designer, he was the founder and head at Michael Sorkin Studios and the president of the non-profit research group Terreform.
Tweets from around the globe were seen paying tribute to the veteran. Sorkin was an architect and urbanist who practised design, planning, criticism, and teaching.
Requiescat in pace
Michael D. Sorkin
August 2, 1948 − March 26, 2020
Architect, author, critic, educator—Michael was the most selfless, thoughtful, and kind friend & ally it's been my privilege to know.
— Theodore — Six — Feet — Apart — Grunewald (@TedGrunewald) March 26, 2020
He was born in Washington, DC in 1948. Sorkin pursued a bachelor’s from the University of Chicago in 1970; he further went on to pursue masters in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sorkin also took a master’s degree in English from Columbia University. Sorkin had remarkably designed many environmental projects in Hamburg, Germany, and proposed master plans for the Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, and the Brooklyn waterfront and Queens Plaza in New York City.
He was the house architecture critic for The Village Voice in the 80s, and he authored various articles & books on subjects of contemporary architecture, design, cities, and the role of democracy in architecture. He was also the co-president of the Institute for Urban Design, organisation of education and advocacy, and the vice- president of the Urban Design Forum based out of New York. In 2013, Sorkin received the Design Mind Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
He designed countless articles, authored over twenty books, and edited volumes, including most notably Variations on a Theme Park, All Over the Map, and Twenty Minutes in Manhattan.
His passing away is truly a loss to the world of architecture; our heartfelt condolences to all family and friends.