Tobias Armborst: Of Blots, Blocs, Sheds, and Props

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City Highway Ring Planning Game, Antwerp, 2017. photo / © Interboro Partners

2019 Clarence Stein Lecture

Tobias Armborst is principal and cofounder (with Georgeen Theodore and Daniel D'Oca) of Interboro Partners. The Brooklyn-based architecture, planning, and urban design firm has won many awards for its innovative projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Architectural League's Emerging Voices and Young Architects Awards, and the AIA New Practices Award. Interboro's recent and ongoing projects include a neighborhood plan for the city of Detroit, a series of playscapes in St. Louis, and public spaces on the Harvard University campus. In 2012, Interboro designed the courtyard of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture; and, in 2013, Interboro was selected by President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to lead one of 10 international design teams in the "Rebuild by Design" project. Armborst coauthored the book The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion, which was published by Actar in 2017. He received a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard GSD, and a Dipl.-Ing. from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany. Aside from being principal of Interboro, he is also an associate professor of art at Vassar College, where he directs the multidisciplinary urban studies program.


Tobias Armborst will speak about the work of his practice, Interboro Partners, an award-winning, Brooklyn-based architecture, urban design, and planning office that has been recognized for its inventive and inclusive approach. The firm's foundation is good listening, keen observation, and productive outreach. In his lecture, Armborst will focus on Interboro's participatory, place-specific approach in recent projects, ranging from small parks to regional plans.

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