MATTHEW G. LASNER

Matthew Lasner Bio Picture

Title: Assistant Professor
Specializations: housing, urban renewal, urban development
Room: 1611A HW
Phone: (212) 396-6645
Email: mlasner (at) hunter.cuny.edu
Personal Website: http://mglasner.net/home/home.html

Education

  • Ph.D. in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning Studies, London School of Economics

Biography

Matthew Gordon Lasner studies the history and theory of the U.S. built environment, with particular focus on housing, and the relationship between housing patterns and urban and suburban form. Lasner’s first book, High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century, published by Yale University Press in 2012, examines the emergence and growth of co-owned multifamily housing – the co-op and condominium apartment, as well as the townhouse complex — as an alternative to single-family suburbia in the twentieth century. Lasner has also written for Planning Perspectives, Buildings & Landscapes, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Urban History, as well as for several edited volumes, encyclopedias, and regional journals and websites. His research focuses on housing, urban renewal, and urban development engages planning and the social sciences, cultural landscape studies and geography, and urban and architectural history.

He earned his PhD in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and holds an MS in urban and regional planning studies from the London School of Economics. He earned his BA in urban studies at Columbia. Before joining Hunter, Lasner was an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, in Atlanta.

Common Courses Taught

  • URBP 700 Introduction to Urban Planning
  • URBG 727 Introduction to Housing
  • URBS 403.56 Housing: Fundamentals and Principles