Kirk directs the AA/UIC Global Workshop and Remake Architecture, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UIC. He is a registered architect (New Zealand) and has practiced in Chicago, London, New York, and Auckland. He has taught design studio, history, and theory at UIC, IIT, Architectural Association, University of Brighton, and University of Auckland.
Kirk received his BArch (1995) and MArch (1997) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his MA (Histories & Theories) (2006) and PhD (2010) at the Architectural Association, London. His doctoral thesis "Changing the Criteria for Innovation: The Architecture Magazine as a Project, 1956–2006" shows how the diminishing role of judgment in today's "innovative" architectural publications is changing the criteria for innovation in ways that run counter to the past hundred and fifty years of architectural knowledge production.
Kirk has organized several exhibitions and symposia, including the annual AA PhD Dialogues International Research Symposium. He is the author/editor of two books, 20/20: Editorial Takes on Architectural Discourse (AA Publications, 2011) and Propositions: Ideology in Transparency (AA PhD Program, 2011).
Remake Architecture, Evanston, IL, US, Director
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Design Studio and History/Theory courses
Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), PhD, History & Theory
Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), MA (Histories & Theories)
The University of Auckland, MArch, Architecture
The University of Auckland, BArch, Architecture