Deane Simpson is an architect, educator and researcher teaching at the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation – KADK) in Copenhagen, Denmark and at the Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (Bergen School of Architecture – BAS), Norway, where he is a professor of architecture and urbanism.
His research addresses contemporary urban and architectural phenomena, with a focus on socio-spatial transformations at the intersection of demographic change and processes of modernization, globalization and neo-liberalism. His doctorate work examined contemporary architectural and urban mutations that have emerged as a consequence of the emergence in the more developed nations after the mid-point of the twentieth century of the socio-demographic group known as the “Young-Old”. Parallel research work critically examines contemporary sustainability discourse and the various regimes of sustainability measurement applied to urban territories.
Deane Simpson received his Master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University in New York and his doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He is formerly a unit master at the AA, London, faculty member at the ETH Zurich and associate partner at Diller + Scofidio, New York.
His writings have appeared in journals such as Volume(Archis), Architecture, AR, Monu, and Archithese; and publications including Explorations in Architecture, Urban Transformations, Infrastructure as Architecture, Deviations: A Manual of Architecture and Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture. He is co-author of the monograph Diller + Scofidio (+ Renfro): The Ciliary Function, and author of Gerontopia: Retirement Utopias of the Young Old (Lars Müller Publishers), which was launched in December 2014, see:
Lars Müller Publishers
He was recipient of the Dreyers Fond Grant for publication of Atlas of the Copenhagens and Gerontopia: Retirement Utopias of the Young Old in 2013, and an ETH Zurich research award in 2007. In 1997 he received the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize at Columbia University, Honors for Excellence in Design and a Fulbright Scholarship in 1996.
Deane Simpson received a Holcim Foundation PhD research grant for “Gerontological urbanism: emerging forms of urbanism for the elderly demographic”, which was presented as an expert paper in the Working Group “Temporary urbanism - Between the permanent and transitory” at the 2nd Holcim Forum: “Urban_Trans_Formation”, held at Tongji University in Shanghai in 2007.