Matthew Gordon Lasner is assistant professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College. His research, which engages planning and the social sciences, cultural landscape studies and geography, and urban and architectural history, focuses on the history and theory of the U.S. built environment, with particular focus on housing and the relationship between ways of living and urban and suburban form.

    Lasner’s first book, High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century, which was awarded the 2013 Cummings Prize by the Vernacular Architecture Forum, examines the emergence and growth of co-owned multifamily housing – the co-op and condominium apartment, as well as the townhouse complex — as an alternative to single-family suburbia in the twentieth century. It was published in 2012 by Yale University Press.

    Lasner has also written for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Urban History, Buildings & Landscapes, Planning Perspectives, the Journal of Architectural Education,, and Architectural Record as well as for several edited volumes, encyclopedias, and regional journals and Websites.

    He earned his PhD and AM in the interfaculty program in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning at Harvard University and holds an M.Sc. in urban and regional planning studies from the London School of Economics. He earned his BA in urban studies at Columbia. Before joining the faculty at Hunter College, Lasner was assistant professor of History at Georgia State University in Atlanta.



title: assistant professor

room: 1611A Hunter West

phone: 212-396-6645

email: mlasner (at)

PhD: interfaculty program in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, Harvard, 2007


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“Title I and the Limited-equity Co-op,” “Corlears Hook Title I,” “Fort Greene Title I,” “Pratt Institute Title I,” “Seward Park Title I,” “Park Row Title I,” “Penn Station South Title I,” “Park Row Extension Title I,” in Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York, eds. Hilary Ballon and Kenneth T. Jackson (New York: Norton, 2007): 251-254, 267-269, 274-275, 289-295, 303-304

High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012

    High Life: press coverage, reviews, links

“Own-your-owns, Co-ops, Town Houses: Hybrid Housing Types and the New Urban Form in Postwar Southern California,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 68, no. 3 (Sept. 2009): 378-403

“Suburbia as Culture: Exploring the U.S. Built Environment Through Art and Identity,” review of Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, catalog of an Exhibition at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Min., Feb. 16-Aug. 17, 2008 and at the Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Penn., Oct. 4, 2008-Jan. 18, 2009, ed. Andrew Blauvelt, (May 2012)

“Model Miami: Finding New Urban Paradigms for New American Cities,” review of Miami: Mistress of the Americas, by Jan Nijman; Miami Modern Metropolis: Paradise and Paradox in Midcentury Architecture and Planning, ed. by Allan T. Shulman; This is Our Land: Immigrants and Power in Miami, by Alex Stepick et. al.; and Saving South Beach, by M. Barron Stofik, Journal of Urban History 68, no. 6 (Nov. 2012): 1121-27

“Housing Policy, Federal: An Overview,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History, ed. Donald T. Critchlow, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012: 453-457

Review of Ecological Visions and the American Urban Professions, 1920-1960, by Jennifer S. Light, Planning Perspectives 26, no. 3 (July 2011): 513-15

“Behind This Facade: The Generic Condo as a Space of Autonomy,” tarp: Architecture Manual, Insidious Urbanism issue (Spring 2011): 45-49

“From Atlanta to Beijing: Picturing the Suburbs at Kiang Gallery,” review of “...After the Suburbs: Artwork From the Post Cookie-cutter Landscape,” exhibition, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, Ga., 21 Jan. - 19 Mar., 2011, (Mar. 2011)

“Developers on the Verge of New Built Environment,” review of The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream, by Christopher B. Leinberger, Buildings & Landscapes 17, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 100-103

Review of The American Department Store Transformed, 1920-1960, by Richard Longstreth, Journal of Architectural Education 67, no. 1 (Mar. 2013): 149-51

“‘Swingsites for Singles’: New Housing for New Households in Mid-century America,” Places Journal,, Oct. 2014

“Architect as Developer and the Postwar U.S. Apartment, 1945-1960,” Buildings & Landscapes 21, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 27-55

Review of Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America, by Dianne Harris, Journal of American History 101, no. 1 (June 2014): 318-19

Review of Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960, by Richard Harris, Planning Perspectives 28, no. 4 (Oct. 2013): 655-57