Michael Rock

Visiting Professor in Architecture

Michael Rock is a founding partner and creative director of multi-disciplinary design studio 2×4 Inc., New York City, and Adjunct Professor of Design at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. At 2×4, he leads a wide range of projects for Nike, MTV, Prada, Kanye West, Target, and CCTV. From 1984–91 he was Associate Professor of Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and since 1991 he has been Professor of Design (Adjunct) at the the Yale School of Art faculty. His writing on design has appeared in publications worldwide and he currently writes on design issues for the New York Times T Magazine. Rock holds an A.B. in Humanities from Union College and an M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of the 1999/2000 Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome and currently serves on the board of the Academy. In 2005, the work of 2×4 was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the following year they received the National Design Award in Communication Design from the Smithsonian Institution. In 2008, 2×4 was featured in a 12-month exhibition at MoMA. In 2009, a selection of projects opened at the Gyre Gallery in Tokyo. The catalogue/book from that exhibition, titled “it is what it is” was released in 2010. Multiple Signatures, a collection of writing and projects, was published by Rizzoli International in Spring of 2013.