Professor Gersten is a graduate of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. He has also pursued studies in phenomenology at the New School for Social Research as well as Islamic Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Professor Gersten currently teaches ARCH 111, Architectonics. Since becoming a member of the Architecture faculty, he has taught at every level of the five-year Design sequence, as well as a series of seminars entitled 'The House of Poetry' in The Cooper Union's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Professor Gersten served as the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and is a former Chairman of its Administrative, Curriculum and Admissions Committees. He has taught studios and seminars in numerous universities in Europe and South America including: the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba (Argentina) and the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar (Bolivia).
David Gersten is the Founder and President of Tree-Time Workshop Inc., a multi-discipline design / build company working in the film, television and theatre industries. From 19921998 he oversaw hundreds of projects ranging from producing, production design, art direction and scenic construction for: feature-length and industrial films, live television and music, music videos and theatrical performances. Clients include: Sony, Columbia Records, Viacom, New York Stock Exchange, AT&T Bell Laboratories, PBS Television, and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.
For over 10 years, Gersten has pursued a work of architecture in drawings, constructions, and writings. Working with literature as a central force in architecture, he has created a community of literary/architectural structures; each is drawn, built and written in over 100 short stories. His work has been the subject of various exhibitions including: the XIII Architecture Biennial in Santiago, Chile, the VII Architecture Biennial in La Paz, Bolivia, as well as solo exhibitions at the University of Virginia and The Cooper Union. His work also appeared in many publications including: RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, the literary journal Boulevard, and Globalizacion, Comunicacion, Arquitectura (Chile). He also participated in the competition House for Tartovsky, winning the Maria Prophetissa Award. He is the recipient of a Graham Foundation grant and is currently preparing a book of his complete work to be published by Editions Firmin-Didot, Paris.