David Smiley teaches in the architecture and urban studies programs at Barnard and Columbia Colleges. He is an architect and an architectural historian and has published articles on the American single family house, shopping centers, the growth of suburbs and on architecture in Perspecta, CAA Reviews, Lotus, Domus and A+U Magazines. He is the editor of Redressing the Mall: Sprawl and Public Space in Suburbia, published by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Yale University School of Architecture and Washington University.

Until 2003, Smiley was the Research Director of Design+Urbanism, an urban design firm that completed studies and plans for neighborhoods internationally as well as for New York City, including Hells Kitchen South: Developing Strategies. Smiley is currently completing a Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory at Princeton University, where he is focusing on modernist urban theory and the emergence of the American shopping center from 1940-1955.

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My fellowship for was a dramatic and exhilarating immersion in the rush of urban change.

David Smiley, 2002