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Michael Stanton was educated at Antioch College and Harvard and received his MArch from Princeton. His design work has been awarded four times by the ACSA, and won the Young Architect's Award from the Architectural League of New York, the Biennial Steedman Prize and been selected for Progressive Architecture awards. Projects have won competitions including recently a tower in Abu Dhabi. He was a Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome in 1990-91 and the first Aga Kahn Traveling Fellow in 1980. He has published two book chapters, one on the African-American city, and 35 articles in journals including Abitare, Volume, Log, Perspecta, Archis, Modulus and Bauwelt, and also art criticism. He has just completed a book on the American City in the context of paradox. In addition 26 papers were accepted for referred academic publication. He has lectured and exhibited his work extensively in the Americas and Europe.
Stanton was the Chair of the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut where he taught from 1999 to 2006. He has taught at several American universities including Tulane, UT Austin and the University of Miami, and in Denmark and Lebanon, and has directed study programs for these schools in Italy and he co-founded and directed eleven international IAAS workshops in Venice and Barcelona with Uwe Drost. He founded and directed the Venice study-abroad semester for the University of Minnesota.
In 2007, with Dutch and Lebanese collaborators including Paritzan Publik with whom he works chronically, he co-directed the first Studio Beirut workshop documented in Volume. He also participated in and contributed two chapters to the workshop in Beirut and the publication of the Beyroutes Guide in 2009. In 2010 he was the Hawkins Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas Arlington and offered a seminar and tutoring thesis students in the Metropolis Masters and Graduate Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, in Barcelona. He recently participated, as Minister of Reflection, in the Liberty City Workshop in Amsterdam producing an “alternative” guide to the city. At Morgan State University he just conducted a workshop for graduate students. Recently and again in April and early May he is invited as juror for final reviews at Columbia GSAAP, super juries at the University of Texas Arlington, and thesis reviews at the Irwin Chanin SOA at Cooper Union. This were followed by collaboration with the Venice Art Biennale, final reviews at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch) and thesis advising at the Metropolis Program.