Forward slash (/) ARCHITEKTUR
534 East 11th Street, No27, New York, N.Y. 10009, USA.
Professor of Architecture

Christoph a. Kumpusch is a New York-based architect and the Core I Coordinator at Columbia Universities GSAPP where he teaches design and visual studies.

He is the director of Forward-slash, a multidisciplinary practice founded in 2008 and the head of Back-slash, the experimental arm of Forward-slash (/) investigating technology and material effects on form and tectonics. It grounds its work in a concentrated research program focused on architectural details and the spawning of new building from the smallest parts outward. A theoretical project runs parallel to this work, identifying historical and cultural contexts triggered by detail innovation. The office is both a design and publishing outfit, producing a number of essays, books, exhibitions, podcasts, performances, films and buildings. Forward Slash strives to be intellectually rigorous, materially sustainable, and socially responsible.

In 2010 Kumpusch co-founded the Institute of Mutating Cities with Youmna Chlala. He was a Leonardo da Vinci Fellow and a Rudolf M. Schindler Scholar, MAK Center Architect in Residence, USAA Scholar, National Collegiate Engineering Award-winner and a 2013 and 2015 Graham Foundation Grantee. Kumpusch is co-author of System Wien with Lebbeus Woods, Anthony Vidler and Manuel DeLanda (Hatje Cantz, 2005); editor of IDEA(u)topsy ( / Productions, 2010); IDEA(L) ( / Productions, 2011); Built Ideas (Theoharis David, 2012); Light Pavilion (Lars Müller Publishers, 2013); Urban Hopes – Made in China (Lars Müller Publishers, 2014) and Detail Kultur – If Buildings Had DNA (AADCU, forthcoming in January 2016).

Kumpusch has previously taught at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union, Cornell University, The Ohio State University, Pratt Institute and SCI-Arc. In 2012 Kumpusch completed his Ph.D. on “Detail Kultur – If buildings had DNA: Case Studies of Mutations” at the Universität fürAngewandte Kunst – Wien. Recent projects include a water park in Patong, Thailand; an East Village Think Tank and a feasibility study for the Gulf of Guinea at Ivory Coast. The Light Pavilion at the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, one of several projects spanning a decade of collaboration with Lebbeus Woods, was recently completed.