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Michael Crosby is an Associate Professor at the Tulane University School of Architecture where he has taught for thirty years. Arriving in the fall of 1983 he taught a design build studio coordinating the studio and students in designing, building, transporting and installing water floats for the 1984 Worlds Fair. He has taught at all levels of the program and in more recent years in the beginning design student sequence. For twenty-five years he was director of the summer program Career Exploration Architecture for gifted high school students and after a short hiatus he has returned to participate in the program. Teaching in the environmental technology sequence with special interest in the use of passive systems and climate based design he was awarded a Dean’s Fund for Excellence to complete Greenhouse MANUAL 1: North America, A Bioclimatic Design Analysis based on excerpts from course lectures.
As a registered Architect he began his professional career as a principal in Crosby Weber Partnership, a design build office located in Louisville Kentucky with a special emphasis on adaptive reuse. In the fall of 1981 he received a full fellowship to the University of California at Los Angeles School of Architecture and Urban Design where he was a teaching assistant for Charles Jencks and Charles Moore. As a graduate student he worked at the Urban Innovations Group the research and practice arm of the School of Architecture and Urban Design, and the Charles Moore Studio. Accepting the teaching position at Tulane he was involved in the Architectural Coalition the research and practice component of the Tulane School of Architecture from 1983 to 1993 and from 1999 to 2005 he was a principal in his own architectural practice Crosby Longo Architecture Studio specializing in the design of animal care facilities.
In more recent years he has returned to his undergraduate school interest in photography, film, Buckminster Fuller, and space travel through his seminar courses, Cinematic Architecture and Space Architecture/ Walking Cities/ Future. Using his second Dean’s Fund for Excellence Award he is working on completion of Greenhouse MANUAL 2: Global and Greenhouse MANUAL 3: Future.