Michael Sorkin received his architectural training at Harvard and MIT. Sorkin is currently a Professor of Architecture and Director of the graduate urban design program at New York's City College (CUNY). Previously, he was Professor of Urbanism and Director of the Institute of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has held professorships and visiting professorships at numerous schools of architecture including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Cornell,
Sorkin has authored many articles in a wide range of both professional and general publications. He was the architecture critic of The Village Voice for 10 years. Currently a contributing editor for Architectural Record, I.D., and Metropolis. A few of his books include: 'Variations on A Theme Park', 'Exquisite Corpse', 'Local Code', 'Giving Ground' (edited with Joan Copjec), and 'Wiggle', a monograph of the Sorkin studio.
Sorkin is an outspoken supporter of politically leftist causes. In 2005, he edited Against the Wall, which compares Israel to Apartheid South Africa.