Taubman College

Faculty Directory

Teaching Areas:

  • Architecture Design
  • Architecture Theory
  • Urbanism / Urban Design

As an academic for over 20 years Milton S. F. Curry is currently associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan, where he is an associate dean and director of the urban design degree program. Curry taught at Cornell University from 1995-2002 where he also served as provost-appointed director of the Cornell Council for the Arts from 2002-2008. At the University of Michigan’s Taubman College, Curry oversees a broad portfolio of academic and strategic initiatives including the Michigan-Mellon Project in Egalitarianism and the Metropolis, a $1.3 million / 4-year research initiative focused on urbanization in Brazil, Mexico and the US 2014-2018; and the Michigan Architecture Prep high school architecture enrichment program based in Detroit launching in 2015. Curry was instrumental in developing new Master of Science degrees in digital technologies, material systems, design and health, and conservation; as well as reconfiguring the Master of Urban Design degree program. Since 2010, Professor Curry has raised $1.885 million in research funds - including grants from A. W. Mellon Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, and the Graham Foundation.

As an academic, designer and theorist, Curry’s work crosses disciplines of architecture theory, political philosophy, cultural theory and urbanism. He founded two peer-reviewed academic journals - CriticalProductive and Appendx. His design work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His writings have been published in edited volumes and journals, including in Where are the Utopian Visionaries (2012) and Suburban Sprawl: Culture, Theory and Politics (2003); and in The Huffington Post. Curry’s current writings include two research projects that will become book-length manuscripts in the next year: 1) egalitarianism and urbanism with a focus on race and social movement in North and South America in the postwar and contemporary periods; and 2) the spatial implications of US incarceration policies.

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