Faculty Bio: Matthew G. Lasner

Matthew Lasner Hunter Bio
Title: Associate Professor
Room: 1611A HW
Phone: 212.396.6645
Email: mlasner (at) hunter.cuny.edu
Downloads: CV|Sept2015
Personal Website: mglasner.net
housing, urban renewal, urban development

Common Courses Taught

  • URBP 700 Introduction to Urban Planning
  • URBG 727 Introduction to Housing
  • URBG 787.01 Housing in the Global City
  • URBS 403.92 Housing and the American City


  • Ph.D. in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning Studies, London School of Economics


Matthew Gordon Lasner studies the history and theory of the U.S. built environment, with particular focus on housing, and the relationship between housing patterns and urban and suburban form. Lasner’s first book, High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century, published by Yale University Press in 2012, 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. Lasner is also co-editor of Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City, published by Princeton University Press in 2015. His research focuses on housing, urban renewal, and urban development engages planning and the social sciences, cultural landscape studies and geography, and urban and architectural history.

He earned his PhD in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and holds an MS in urban and regional planning studies from the London School of Economics. He earned his BA in urban studies at Columbia. Before joining Hunter, Lasner was an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, in Atlanta.