Michael Bell is Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. Bell is founding Chair of the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials, a multi-year research program hosted at GSAPP in coordination with Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart. Bell served as Director, Master of Architecture, Core Design Studios, (1999-14) and the of the Columbia GSAPP Housing Design Studios (2000-11).
Bell’s architectural design has been commissioned / exhibited by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Venice Biennale; the Architectural League of New York; the University Art Museum, Berkeley and has been shown in museums and galleries in Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, China. Architectural design by Bell is included in the Permanent Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His Gefter Press / Binocular House is included in American Masterwork Houses of the 20th and 21st Century by Kenneth Frampton. Bell has received four Progressive Architecture Awards.
Books by Michael Bell include: Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass; Solid States: Concrete in Transition; Post-Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering; Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering; 16 Houses: Designing the Public’s Private House; Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City; and Slow Space. Bell is the editor of a monograph on the architecture of Stanley Saitowitz.
Bell taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Rice University and held visiting professorships at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design; Cornell University, School of Architecture; the University of Michigan, Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architecture; and Berkeley, the Howard A. Friedman Professor of Practice in Architecture. Bell is a former Fellow of the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University (2011-13). During 2016/17 Bell was Visiting Professor at the Stanford University, School of Engineering, where he collaborates with the Center for Design Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. At Stanford Bell ran a semester long colloquium with faculty from the Mechanical Engineering Design Group, the Center for Design Research, Classics/Archeology and the d-School as well as partners from Berkeley and Tesla.
Michael Bell received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.
Bell established his practice while teaching at Berkeley and the practice was based in Berkeley and San Francisco. Today the practice also includes Eunjeong Seong as Bell-Seong Architecture and is based in New York City with an satellite studio in Berkeley, California. Bell and Seong also lead a research and the design practice Visible Weather.
Eunjeong Seong is a Registered Architect in the state of New York. Seong is also LEED AP certified.
Seong’s architectural and urban design work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University Studio X, Beijing and the Van Alen Institute in New York. She has presented her work lectures and conferences in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University, MoMA PS1, Cornell University, Columbia GSAPP, RPI, Parsons, CCA San Francisco, and many other schools and universities. Her design work has also been featured on MSNBC, Fox Business News and Reuters television. Seong has written for SPACE magazine where she was a contributing editor.
Seong is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York where she teaches studios and seminars and has directed thesis studios on the future of United States urbanism and housing. Seong has previously taught at Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons/the New School.
Seong has extensive experience in housing design in the United States and Korea and prior to forming Visible Weather she was a project designer at SHoP Architects, Dean/Wolf Architects, and SPACE Group, Seoul. Seong was the founding director of a New York City design office for Yamasaki Associates in 2007.
Seong holds a Master of Architecture Degree, Columbia University, where she was awarded the Matthew W. Del Gaudio Memorial Award from the New York Society of Architects for excellence in total design over the six-semester program. She also recieved the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorialt, and a post-graduate William Kinne Fellowship for travel/research.