Mitchell Schwarzer is an architectural and urban historian whose research interests and classes cover art, architecture, urbanism, landscape, technology and spirituality. His current projects involve Oakland urban history, the theory of infrastructure, photographic technologies, the Internet of Things, and resort communities.
Mitchell's books include Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area: History and Guide, (William Stout Publishers, 2007), Zoomscape: Architecture in Motion and Media (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004), Architecture + Design: SF (Understanding Business, 1998), and German Architectural Theory and the Search for Modern Identity (Cambridge University Press, 1995). He also edited the "Tectonics Unbound" issue of ANY magazine in 1996.
His writings have appeared in numerous edited books, including Nationalism and Architecture (2012), Kuth-Ranieri Architecture (2010), Architectural Theory: Volume II, An Anthology from 1871 to 2005 (2008), Daniel Libeskind and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (2008), Skyscraper Stories (2008), Architourism (2005), Chicago Architecture (2005), Jeremy Blake: Winchester (2005), The De Young in the 21st Century (2005), Sprawl and Suburbia (2005), Shaping the City (2004), Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture (2004), Monument and Memory (2003), Architecture and Film (2000), America: True Stories of Life on the Road (1999), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998), Autonomy and Ideology (1997), The Education of the Architect (1997), Schopenhauer: Philosophy and the Arts (1996), Design History: An Anthology (1995), and Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1994).
Schwarzer's articles and essays have been published in many magazines and journals, including AA Files, ArcCA, Arcade, Architronic, The Architect's Newspaper, AD: Architectural Design, Architectural Record, Architecture Boston, Art Bulletin, Art History, Art Journal, Assemblage, Boom: A Journal of California, California History, California Homes, Crit, Design Book Review, Design Issues, Dwell, Harvard Design Magazine, Historic Preservation Forum, Kitchen Sink, Limn Magazine of International Design, Line, LOG, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Planning History, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Urban Design, Nineteenth Century Contexts, One: Design Matters, Places, San Francisco Design News, Studies of Architecture & Culture, Thresholds, and The Urbanist.
Mitchell has lectured widely around the United States as well as in Canada, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, and China. He edited Design Book Review from 1999 to 2001. Prior to coming to CCA, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Before studying for his PhD he worked as a planner for San Francisco's Department of City Planning where he was one of the authors of The Downtown Plan (1985).