Frances Hsu is an architect, author and educator who teaches design studio and architectural history/theory/criticism. She received a B.S. Architecture from the University of Virginia, a Master of Architecture from Harvard University where she recieved a Wheelwright Fellowship, and her Ph.D. from the ETH Zürich. She is licensed architect (with lapsed registration) in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University; practiced at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, for Ben van Berkel in Amsterdam and Peter Eisenman in New York City; and taught at Georgia Insitute of Technology, Mississippi State University, and Aalto University in Helsinki Finland where she addressed new urban topologies in Eastern Europe and East Asia. Her research on the interactions of theory and practice in Europe and the United States during the 1970s and 1980s focusing on postmodernism in the work of Rem Koolhaas appear in Journal of Architectural Education, Footprint/Delt Architecture Theory Journal, Clog, Spielraum-Walter Benjamin et L’ Architecture, A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture 1960-2010, and Arkkitehti/Finnish Architecture Review. Current work addresses itself to a historical moment in which the concept of *city,* then at the height of its professional and discursive elaboration, was challenged as an object of design.