Sean Canty

Design Critic in Architecture

Sean Canty, the principal of Studio SC, focuses his research on architectural type and geometry. Referencing the conceptual approach of the picturesque, he explores the interrelationships between the interior, the building envelope and public space. His recent projects investigate abstract figures and transformed volumes that confound predictable readings of space. Sean is also one of the founding principals of Office III,  an experimental architectural collective based in New York , San Francisco and Cambridge. Office III was selected in November 2016 as a finalist for the Young Architect's competition at MoMA PS1. They have also recently completed the Governors Island Welcome Centre for The Friends of Governors Island (2017) and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2017).  Before establishing these two respective practices, he was a Project Designer at IwamotoScott Architecture in San Francisco (2011-2016), during which he led projects including The Pinterest Headquarters, Bloomberg TechHub, The Goto House, Noe Valley Residence, and HeavyBit Industries.

Prior to teaching at the GSD he was a Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture (2016-2017) , a Lecturer at both the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and The College Of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley (2014-2015). He received an M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a B.Arch from California College of the Arts.