Michael Kubo is an architect, author, and Ph.D. Candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture at MIT. His dissertation, titled Architecture Incorporated: Anonymity in Postwar Practice, traces the rise and international extension of collective and corporate architectural practices in the United States after World War II. It focuses in particular on the history of The Architects Collaborative (TAC), founded in 1945 as an experiment in team-based design methods by seven young practitioners together with German emigre Walter Gropius.
In 2014 Kubo was Associate Curator for OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice. He is co-editor of the forthcoming OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Müller, 2015), the second volume of the OfficeUS book series. He contributed an essay on the history of team-based architectural practice in the United States over the past century, “The Concept of the Architectural Corporation,” to OfficeUS Agenda, the first volume in the series.
Kubo is co-director of pinkcomma gallery in Boston along with Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik and a collaborator in over,under, an interdisciplinary practice with expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications. Kubo, Grimley, and Pasnik are co-authors of the forthcoming HEROIC: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press, 2015), a history of concrete modernism in Boston between 1957 and 1976. As guest curators at BSA Space for the Boston Society of Architects, recent pinkcomma exhibitions have included Design Biennial Boston, Critical Exchange: Boston Architects in the Middle East, Futures: Expo Boston '76, and IN FORM. Pinkcomma is currently producing Imagining the Modern, a major exhibition on postwar modernism at the Heinz Architectural Center in Pittsburgh, scheduled to open in September 2015.
Kubo is a founding partner of the design practice Collective–LOK along with Jon Lott and William O’Brien Jr. Collective–LOK recently completed the new street-level headquarters of Van Alen Institute in New York, following their winning entry in a juried competition with over 120 entrants. In 2014, Collective–LOK were finalists for the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1.
Kubo’s writing has appeared in numerous edited volumes and publications including Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Harvard Design Magazine, MAS Context, CLOG, Architect, ArchitectureBoston, Volume, and The New City Reader. He has taught design studios and seminars at Pratt Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and SUNY Buffalo, where he was the Reyner Banham Fellow for 2008-2009. He holds an M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.