Jacob Alspector

Distinguished Lecturer

Main Affiliation

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture


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Jacob Alspector

Educational Credentials

  • The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, 1973
  • B.Arch., The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 1972

Teaching Experience

  • Distinguished Lecturer, City College of New York, CUNY, 2017-present
  • Associate Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2008-2017
  • Adjunct Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2003-2008
  • T. David Fitzgibbon Visiting Professor Chair in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Fall 2002

Professional Experience

  • Principal, Alspector Architecture, NYC, February 2006-present
  • Partner, Alspector Anderson Architects, NYC, January 2003-January 2006
  • Associate Partner, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, NYC, August 1977-August 2002
  • Project Architect, The Ehrenkrantz Group, PC, NYC, May 1973-August 1977
  • Junior Architect, Giorgio Cavaglieri, FAIA, Architect, NYC, Feb-August 1971; November 1972-April 1973
  • Junior Architect, Richard G. Stein & Associates, FAIA, Architects, NYC, June 1970-January 1971
  • Junior Architect, Pisani & Falco, Architects, NYC, June-September 1969
  • Drafter/Detailer/Coordinator, Paul P. Valerio, PE, Structural engineer, NYC, June 1966-August 1968


Architecture License, New York State, 1976

Selected Publications and Recent Research

  • “Grace Church School Gymnasium,” At Cooper Union, Winter, 2008
  • “Charles Gwathmey, Architect, Teacher, Mentor, Benefactor and Trustee,” At Cooper Union, Winter, 2009
  • “Light Filled Spaces at GCS HS,” American School and University Magazine
  • “High School Raises the Bar,” Oculus AIA Newsletter
  • “Schoolhouse Architecture Gets Hip,” The Wall Street Journal
  • “Bobst Library Renovation Transforms Flrs 4 & 5 into a 21st Century Research Commons,” NYU Alumni
  • Jake Alspector Interview on NYU Bobst Renovation 2010, NYU, YouTube
  • NYU Bobst Library Phase II Renovations: Architect Jake Alspector, NYU, YouTube
  • “NYU Right On with Bobst Renovations,” Washington Square News
  • “Utah Valley University Library, Orem,” American Libraries
  • “Utah Valley University Library: Preparing Students to Become Stewards of a Globally Interdependent
  • Community,” Green Business Quarterly
  • Intermountain Construction’s Best of 2008 Awards, Mountain States Construction, McGraw Hill
  • “How to Look at the Guggenheim,” The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal
  • “Architecture View; The Liberation of the Guggenheim,” The New York Times
  • “Grandeur and Modernity in New Library,” The New York Times
  • “Architecture View; From Sound Stage to Strong, Silent Museum,” The New York Times

Professional Memberships

  • The American Institute of Architects
  • The American Library Association
  • The Society of College and University Planners
  • The Architectural League of New York