Todd Reisz is an architect and writer. His work focuses on the cities of the Arabian Peninsula, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Todd edited Al Manakh and Al Manakh 2: Gulf Continued, two essential guides to urban development in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE. For five years he was the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale School of Architecture. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 2019, he will return to Yale as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor. He was also an editor and contributing writer for the Beirut-based periodical Portal 9, which focused on historical and cultural aspects of urbanization in the Arab world. For several years he was a leading designer and researcher at OMA’s research branch AMO.
His book Showpiece: How Architecture Made Dubai will be published by Stanford University Press in 2020.
Todd’s work has been featured in several Venice Architecture Biennials, the Sharjah Biennial, and various other exhibitions. His work has been published in The Guardian, Perspecta, Log, Jadaliyya, Journal of Urban History, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Architectural Design, Artforum, Volume, ARCH+, and Ibraaz. Speaking engagements have included Harvard University, Yale University, TU Delft, Columbia University, MIT, Architectural Association, the International New Town Institute, Inspiring Cities (Amsterdam), and ETH Zurich. He worked as an urban planner for the New York City Housing Department and for the New York City 2012 Olympic Committee. Living in Amsterdam, he holds degrees in architecture and English literature from Yale University.