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Deane Simpson


Deane Simpson is a Professor in the School of Architecture at the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – KADK) in Copenhagen, Denmark (2017-).

He was previously Associate Professor at the KADK (2014-17) and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (Bergen School of Architecture – BAS), Norway (2010-14).

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 doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) (2010), a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in New York (1997) and Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from The University of Auckland, New Zealand (1994).

He is formerly a unit master at the AA, London, faculty member at the ETH Zurich and associate partner at Diller + Scofidio, New York where he led or worked on several projects including Blur Building, Travelogues, Eyebeam, ICA Boston, Brasserie, and Rapid Growth.

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 Diller + Scofidio (+ Renfro): The Ciliary Function (Skira, 2007), and author of Gerontopia: Retirement Utopias of the Young Old (Lars Müller, 2014).

He was recipient of the Dreyers Fond Grant for Atlas of the Copenhagens (Ruby Press, 2018), and Gerontopia: Retirement Utopias of the Young Old in 2013 (Lars Müller, 2015), and an ETH Zurich research award in 2007. He received the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize at Columbia University, Honors for Excellence in Design (1997) and a Fulbright Scholarship (1996).

Deane Simpson received a LafargeHolcim Foundation 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 (2007).

Last Updated: May 26, 2020
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