John Lobell

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M. Arch., 1966
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts
Degree for independent studies and thesis in architectural and cultural theory under Dean G. Holmes Perkins

M. Arch., 1965
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts
Design critics and instructors included Denise Scott Brown, Robert Geddes, Romaldo Giurgola, G. Holmes Perkins, and Robert Venturi. Audited courses with Edmund Bacon, Ian McHarg, and Louis Kahn.

B.A., 1963 University of Pennsylvania,
honors major in architecture

1967 Enrolled for a Ph.D. in philosophy
The New School for Social Research. Did not complete.
Professors included Paul Goodman and Hans Jonas. Faculty advisor was Aaron Gurvitch.

Continuing Studies, 1970 – present
Courses, lectures, and workshops at the AIA, Institute for Architecture present and Urban Studies, the New York Open Center, the New School for Social Research, NYU, Pratt, Parsons, the School of Visual Arts, etc. Subjects include the arts; design; computer science, graphics, and applications; and culture. Courses and workshops on Buddhism. Seminars with Joseph Campbell. Various conferences.

Nanotechnology with Eric Drexler and Ralph Merkle. Computer science with Herb Tesser. Mythology with Joseph Campbell (founding board member, Joseph Campbell Foundation). Buddhism with the Dali Lama, Robert Thurman, Lobsang Sampton, and Chogyam Trungpa. Shamanism with Michael Harner. Tai Chi with Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing.

Recent Conference Attendance

2002 – present
I have attended numerous conferences on nanotechnology (Foresight Institute), futurism (Accelerating Change), architecture and computation, building technology (NY AIA), cryopreservation, consciousness, computer gaming.


Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, since 1969
Full Professor with tenure since September 1980

Teaching has included design, history of architecture (survey courses, contemporary architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Kahn and Venturi), architectural theory, transportation and communication, city planning, impact of technology, computers and society.

Coordinator off-and-on for history/theory, 1980-2012.
Acting Director, Summer 1973.
Chair for Curriculum, Spring 1973.
Chair for Faculty, Fall 1973.


Hunter College
Visiting instructor, 1979-80. Course on modern architecture.

School of Visual Arts
Visiting instructor, 1969-71. Course on environmental art.

Current Consulting

Milgo-Bufkin, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1970-88, 1996-present
Architectural consultant; supervising of fabrication of large-scale sculptures for major artists; corporate planning. Product development for AlgoRhythms, complex curved metal based on the higher mathematics of surfaces, created by the architect/morphologist Haresh Lalvani.

Timeship, 2000-present
Director of Research. A complex for the storage of cryogenically preserved people traveling to the future. The Architect for the project is Stephen Valentine, and the clients are the owners of Life Extension Foundation.

Architectural Offices

• Ulrich Franzen and Associates, Architects, New York, 1967-69
Research for New Forms of the Evolving City, urban design in Manhattan, under a $250,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. Job captain on three housing projects.
• Abraham W. Geller, Architect, New York, 1966-67
Designer. Projects included housing, synagogue, mall, interiors.
• Harrison and Abramovitz, Architects, New York, 1966
Albany State Capital Mall.

Tech Experience

• Designed various Web Sites, 1993-present
• TelZero, 2000-2001
Research Analyst. Telecom offering free long distance service and telephone portal features.
• NetNames USA, 1996-1998
International Internet domain name registration and services. Founding director and officer.

Other Experience

• New York Open Center, 1989-91: Editorial director, New York Open Center/Prentice Hall Books.
• Arts Magazine, 1968-70: Architectural Contributor
• Joseph Campbell Foundation: Founding Advisory Board Member, 1990-1996
Other roles included presentations, publications, management, etc.

Publications: Books

Visionary Creativity: How New Worlds are Born, JXJ Publications, 2015.

• Joseph Campbell: The Man & His Ideas, Joseph Campbell Foundation, 1993.
The Little Green Book: A Guide to Self-Reliant Living in the ’80s. Shambhala Publications, 1981.
Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn, Shambhala Publications, 1979, reissued with new introduction, 2009.
Louis I. Kahn: Building As Philosophy (Working title), in process.
Architecture and Structures of Consciousness, in progress.
The Philadelphia School: 1955 to 1965. Not published.

Publications: Contributions To Books

Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality, by Stephen Valentine. 2009. Contribution to the writing.
• “The Philadelphia School: An Architectural Philosophy,” with Mimi Lobell in Louis I. Kahn, l’uomo, il maestro, Alessandra Latour, ed., 1986.
Master Builders, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1985. Entry on Louis Kahn.
The American Academic Encyclopedia, 1982. Entry on Louis Kahn.

Publications: Electronic and Online Web site addressing genomic architecture and fabrication.
Journal of Architecture and Computation (, now on An online journal and informational resource in collaboration with Michael Silver and Che-Wei Wang.
Cinema Discourse ( Various articles and reviews.
The American Academic Encyclopedia, entry on Louis Kahn. This encyclopedia has been published on various electronic services (Compuserve, Protegy, etc.), and on CD.

Publications: Articles

“Quantum Theoretical Issues in Architecture: It’s a Lot Stranger Than We Think.” Tarp, Issue 2, Spring 2004.
“Campbell on Freud and Jung.” Joseph Campbell Foundation Newsletter, No. 1, Fall 1993.
“A Primer on Joseph Campbell.” Whole Earth Review, Summer 1988.
“Architecture and Structures of Consciousness, Pratt Journal of Architecture, Vol II, Spring 1988.
“An Interview with John Hejduk,” with Mimi Lobell. Pratt Journal of Architecture, Vol I, Fall 1985
“Myth in Architecture: The Work of Alice Aycock.” Skyline, Apr. 1980.
“Doric, Ironic, & Labyrinthian: Classical Architecture in America.” Skyline, Feb. 1980.
“A Lucid Mystic.” Smithsonian, Jul. 1979. Article on Louis Kahn.
“Kahn and Venturi: An Architecture of Being-in-Context.” Artforum, Feb. 1978.
“American Women Architects.” Artforum, Summer 1977.
“The Beaux-Arts: A Reconsideration of Meaning in Architecture.” AIA Journal, Nov. 1975.
“Towards A Zero Energy Architecture.” On Site On Energy, Fall 1974. Article on architecture and information theory.

Publications: Book Reviews (by title and author of book reviewed)

Journal of Architectural Education:
The Act of Creation and the Spirit of a Place, Nili Portugali, Nov. 2008

AIA Journal:
Le Corbusier, von Moos, Mar. 1980.
Borromini, Blunt, Jan. 1980.
The Drawings of Louis Henry Sullivan, Sprague, Jul. 1979.
Louis I. Kahn, Ronner, Jul. 1978.
Dimensions, Moore, Jun. 1977.
Greene and Greene, Makinson, Oct. 1977.
Boulle and Visionary Architecture, Rosenau, Feb. 1977.
Louis I. Kahn, Giurgola; 18 Years With Architect Louis I. Kahn, Komendant, Jul. 1976. Architecture & Utopia, Tafuri, Oct. 1976.

Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Campbell, 1988.

The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, The Oregon Experiment, Alexander, Feb. 1980.
White Towers, Hirshorn & Izenouer, Sept. 1979.

My Works and Days, Louis Mumford, Sept. 1979.

Progressive Architecture:
Multistory Housing, Schnitt; High Density Living, Jensen, Jan. 1967.
Highways and Our Environment, Robinson; Autokind vs. Mankind, Schneider; Beyond the Automobile, Stone, Sept. 1971.

Arts Magazine:
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Venturi, Feb. 68.
Matrix of Man, Moholy-Nagy, Dec./Jan. 1969.
Beyond Modern Sculpture, Burnham, Nov. 1968.

Conferences and Papers

• “Genomic Fabrication,” presented to Humanity+, New York, 2011.
• “Envisioning a Zero Energy Future” presented at the Oxford Round Table, Oxford, August 2008.
• “Quantum Issues in Architecture” presented at Universal Machines, Pratt, February 2005. (Co-organizer of the conference.)
• “Art and the Malleability of Merleau-Ponty’s Body Subject” presented at Merleau-Ponty symposium, Pratt, Spring 2005.
• “How Culture Reveals Structures of Consciousness” Toward a Science of Consciousness 2004, Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, April 2004.
• Presentations at “A Parliament of the World’s Religions,” Chicago, August-September, 1993.
• Presentations at “A Mythological Toolbox,” a program presented by the Joseph Campbell Foundation at Esalen Institute, CA. March, 1993, 94, 95.
• Presentation at “Passing the Torch,” a program presented by the Joseph Campbell Foundation at The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. January, 1993.
• Participated in a conference, “Building a Free Media in the CIS,” Sochi, Russia. American and Russian journalist, publishers, politicians, and academics. Spring 1992.
• “Design and the Powerful Logics of the Mind’s Deep Structures.” DMG-DRS Journal, Design Research and Methods, Vol. 9, No. 3, Jul.-Sept. 1975.
• “A Unified Theory of Transportation and Communication.” The International Symposium on Urban Housing and Transportation, Wayne State Univ. Spring 1975.


2012: Adriatic architecture and culture, the Adriatic
2010: Cryopreservation focus group, Dearfield Beach, FL.
2009: Urban Center. Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
2008: Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. New York AIA.
2006: Philharmonic, Naples FL. CIMA NY.
2005: CIMA, NY. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn N.Y.
2004: Judson College, Illinois. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.
1998: Beaux Arts Society. Brooklyn Museum Architectural Film Festival.
1994: Hampton University, Virginia.
1993: Louisiana Tech, Ruston. University of New Mexico, Albuquere. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Texas Tech, Lubbock.
1989-92: Various lectures at the New York Open Center.
1992: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston. Hammons School of Architecture,
Drury College, Springfield Missouri. University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
1991: University of Detroit Mercy. University of Manitoba. Long Island Chapter AIA.
1987: Syracuse University, Regional ACSA.
1986: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. New York State College of
Ceramics at Alfred University. Steelcase, N.Y.
1985: Washington University, St. Louis (Regional ACSA conference). University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.
1984: The Catholic University of America, Washington DC. A.I.R. Gallery, NY.
1983: Assumption College, Worcester, Mass. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn N.Y.
1982: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
1980: UC Berkeley. UC Los Angeles. USC Los Angeles. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Esalen Institute. University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. HLW, N.Y.
1979: University of Detroit. The Graham Foundation.
1978: Association of Architectural Librarians, New York. EDRA 9, University of Arizona. Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield, Michigan.
1977: New York University. Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Kent State University, Ohio. University of Idaho
1976: The Architectural League of New York.
1974: Energy and Evolution Conference, University of Texas at Austin. Design Methods Conference, Berkeley.
1968: The School of Visual Arts. Columbia University.
1967: The Architectural League of New York.


2004: Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality by Stephen Valentine. Contributions to the text for the exhibit. Municipal Art Society, NYC.
1971: The Architecture of Speed: Form, Function and the Racing Motorcycle. With Jonathan Morse. Scheduled showing at the New York Cultural Center. Show did not materialize.
1970: Words, a collaborative media, by Bud Wirtschafter, Loeb Student Center, NYU

1967: Environment IV, Corridors, The Architectural League of New York. Trophies, Tombstones and Monuments, The Museum of Contemporary Crafts, entry with Michael Steiner in group show

Grants and Awards

2005: Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant jointly with Michael Silver
2005: Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant
2002: Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant
1998: Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grant
1985-86: Title III grants through Pratt Institute for computer studies
1980: Graham Foundation grant
1968: Grant awarded from the J. Clawson Mills Award of the Architectural League for the funding of the 1968-69 lecture series
1967: Grants awarded for financing Environment IV, Corridors at The Architectural League from the J. Clawson Mills Fund of the League, the Kaplan Fund, and the American Federation of Arts.
New York State Scholar Incentive Award.

Professional/Academic Organizations

The Architectural League of New York, 1967-present
1973-74, Member of the Board. 1970-73, member scholarships and awards committee. 1973, Chair of Scholarship and Awards Committee. 1968-70: Chair of Current Works Committee. 1969, Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Shows curated as Chair of the Architectural League Current Works Committee:
• Bruce Goff Show, first major show of Goff’s work, January 1970
• Dial-a-Poem, Winter 1969
• Hyperspaces by Raimund Abraham, February 1969
• Street Works, October 1969
• Urban Design New York, May 1969
• James Lee Byars participatory events of communal clothing, Sept. 1968

College Art Association, 1997
Modern Language Association, 1993-94

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