Witold Rybczynski Biography

Witold Rybczynski (born in 1 March 1943, in Edinburgh, Scotland), is a Canadian-American architect, professor and writer.

Early life

Rybczynski was born in Edinburgh of Polish parentage and raised in Surrey, England before moving at a young age to Canada. He attended Loyola High School (Montreal), located on Sherbrooke street, in Montreal-Ouest. He received Bachelor of Architecture (1966) and Master of Architecture (1972) degrees from McGill University in Montreal.


Rybczynski has written more than 300 articles and papers on the subject of housing, architecture, and technology, many of which are aimed at a non-technical readership and have earned considerable readership and respect, in a wide variety of magazines, including The Wilson Quarterly, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. From 2004 to 2010, he was architecture critic for Slate.

He taught at McGill University (1974-1993) and the University of Pennsylvania (1993-2012). He served on the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts from 2004 to 2012. He now lives in Philadelphia and is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.