Todd Reisz is an architect and writer currently focusing on the cities of the Gulf region, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. He is the editor of Al Manakh 2: Gulf Continued, which analyzes the recent developments of cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE. He is currently a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, after having served as the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor in Urbanism at Yale’s School of Architecture for five years.
He is also the academic writing editor for Portal 9, a Beirut-based journal focused on cities in Arab countries. At present he is completing a book about Dubai’s early modernization and how that era’s convictions determined the city we know today.
As architect, researcher and designer, Todd worked with the architect Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. In addition to other projects, he led the office’s in-depth analysis of the rapid urbanization of the Gulf region. The work was translated into an exhibition that has travelled to different parts of the world, including Italy, China, Germany, Turkey, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. In 2007 he co-edited the book Al Manakh, the first comprehensive book about urban development along the Arabian Coast, from Kuwait to the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking engagements have included Tate Modern, Columbia University, MIT, Architectural Association, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Kuwait University, the International New Town Institute, Inspiring Cities (Amsterdam), and ETH Zurich. His writing has appeared in Perspecta, Log, Architectural Design, Artforum, Volume, ARCH+, Ibraaz, and Shinkenchiku. He worked as an urban planner for the New York City Housing Department and for the New York City 2012 Olympic Committee. He holds degrees in architecture and English literature from Yale University.