Robert Kirkbride is a designer, author, musician, and professor who explores the interplay of memory, identity, and placemaking. Through such projects as his multimedia online book, Architecture and Memory, and the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York, Robert investigates the interdependence of physical and mental infrastructures to reconsider forms of knowledge and knowhow that are lost or overlooked.
Kirkbride is professor of architecture and product design at Parsons School of Design, where he received the University Distinguished Teaching Award and served as dean of the School of Constructed Environments. Robert directs Studio ‘patafisico, an architectural design and research practice, and is a founding trustee for PreservationWorks, a nonprofit organization advocating the preservation and adaptive reuse of “Kirkbride” Plan hospitals. Robert has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and architect-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy.