Faculty Bio

Tobias Armborst

Associate Professor of Art and Director of Urban Studies

Tobias Armborst joined the faculty in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Art and Urban Studies. He is also Principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, a Brooklyn-based architecture, planning, and research firm that has won many awards for its innovative projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Architectural League's Emerging Voices and Young Architects Awards, and the New Practices Award from the AIA. Tobias' work has been published and exhibited widely, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg, the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt and at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, where he co-curated the 2009 International Architecture Biennial. His forthcoming book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion will be published by Actar in 2013. Tobias received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Diplom-Ingenieur from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany.

Interboro’s recent design projects deal primarily with the public realm and include a neighborhood plan for Newark, NJ (the first such plan commissioned by the Booker administration), a public park and street tree nursery in lower Manhattan, and a temporary public space and community programming at MoMA PS1 in Queens. In 2012 Interboro was selected to design the courtyard of the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

At Vassar, Tobias teaches courses in architectural design, urban design and urban studies. In all of his courses, he encourages students to develop proposals out of careful observation of their immediate environment, and to find opportunities for architectural and social engagement in everyday places.