Black and white photograph of the head and shoulders of a light skinned man with close cropped hair wearing a dark blazer over a white shirt; he is shown in 3/4 profile looking to the right side

Michael Rock

Colin Rowe Designer in Residence
24 ottobre 2022–13 gennaio 2023
Executive Creative Director, 2x4
Professor of Design, Yale School of Art
Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University

Michael Rock (2000 Fellow) is executive creative director of 2x4, a firm based in New York. He is also professor of design at the Yale School of Art and adjunct professor of architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. At 2x4, he has led a wide range of projects, both cultural and commercial, for CCTV, the Dia Art Foundation, Harvard University, Hyundai, Kate Spade, Miu Miu, Nike, Prada, Target, Kanye West, and more.

Rock’s writing on design has appeared in publications worldwide. His critically acclaimed collection of essays and projects, Multiple Signatures, was published by Rizzoli International in 2013. Rock was a fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He holds an AB in humanities from Union College and an MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Rock founded 2x4 with Susan Sellers and Georgianna Stout. In 2005 the San Francisco Museum of Art presented an exhibition of the firm’s work, which lead to 2x4 winning the National Design Award in 2006. In recent months 2x4 created the visual brand identities for the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition, the Chinese luxury brand Shanghai Tang, and David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and the exhibition KAWS NEW FICTION at the Serpentine Galleries.

The portrait of Michael Rock was taken by Brigitte Lacombe.