Miles Gertler

Miles Gertler cofounded the design-research office Common Accounts with Igor Bragado in 2015. Their work examines the intersections of the body with spaces both online and in real life. They are recognized for their work in the design of death and the virtual afterlife, including Three Ordinary Funerals, a prototypical funeral home produced for the Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, now in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea. Their work in architecture and self-design has expanded to a recent collaboration with Sephora for a new live-show broadcast platform in their Shanghai flagship. Gertler is represented as a visual artist by Corkin Gallery and is the recipient of the Suzanne K. Underwood Prize and the Henry Adams A.I.A. Certificate from Princeton University. He received an M.Arch. from Princeton, and a bachelor of architectural studies from the University of Waterloo.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

Gertler specializes in self-design, military urbanisms, cosmetic tourism, the design of death, and visual representation.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4509: Special Topics in Visual RepresentationThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Abroad Grant, Toronto (2017)
  • Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize, Princeton University (2016)
  • Henry Adams A.I.A. Certificate, Princeton University (2016)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Going Fluid, "Superhumanity: Post-Labor, Psychopathology, Plasticity," international symposium, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2017)
  • Three Ordinary Funerals, Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul, Korea (2017)
  • Rare Item, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2017)

Publications (Selected)

  • Gertler, Miles, and Igor Bragado. "Going Fluid." E-flux. 2018.
  • Gertler, Miles and Igor Bragado. "Three Ordinary Funerals." In Imminent Commons: The Expanded City, edited by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Jeffrey S. Anderson. New York: Actar, 2017.
  • Gertler, Miles and Igor Bragado. "Playback Forever." Room One Thousand 5 (2016): 311-322.