Xavi Aguirre is an architectural designer and director of stock-a-studio. Interested in the circulation of materials and commodities, their research focuses on the way our built environment is affected by the politics of resources, aesthetics and the virtual. They are currently an Assistant Professor of architecture at MIT.
Matthew Au is a founder of the Los Angeles based architectural design studio Current Interests. Matthew’s academic work is deeply influenced by the history of conceptual art practice as he examines the spaces and tools of production, and the lines of communication that connect the worlds of design and building. He holds a Bachelor in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Bryan Boyer is cofounder of Dash Marshall, where he runs the studio’s strategic design practice working with a mix of clients from the philanthropic community and tech companies to help them understand how place and technology shapes cities. At Taubman College Bryan is founding faculty director of the Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology. Outside the classroom, Bryan is president of the board of directors for Public Policy Lab in NYC and resides in Detroit.
Mollie Claypool is Director of Automated Architecture (AUAR) Ltd and Co-Director of Automated Architecture (AUAR) Labs at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Her research is concerned with the cultural (social, political, economic) consequences of increasing automation in architectural production. Her approach draws from firsthand experience in architectural practice, as well as expertise in the history, theory, and design of automation in architectural production.
McLain Clutter is an Associate Professor and Chair of the architecture program at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College, and a partner in the architecture practice EXTENTS. Clutter’s work focuses on the role of architecture within the multidisciplinary milieu of contemporary urbanism, and the interrelations between architecture and media culture.
Dana Cupkova holds Associate Professorship at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and is a Co-founder and Director of EPIPHYTE Lab, an architectural design and research collaborative. In her research, she interrogates the relationship between design-space and ecology as it engages issue of environmental ethics through computational methods, materiality, embodied energy and cradle-to-cradle advanced manufacturing frameworks, with a particular focus on thermodynamics, and material waste-streams.
Peggy Deamer is Professor Emerita of Yale School of Architecture and the founding member of the Architecture Lobby. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design and the author of Architecture and Labor.
Shelby Elizabeth Doyle, AIA is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Stan G. Thurston Professor of Design Build at the Iowa State University College of Design, Director of the ISU Architectural Robotics Lab (ARL), and co-founder of the ISU Computation & Construction Lab (CCL), which works to connect developments in computation to the challenges of construction: through teaching, research, and outreach.
Dr. Matias del Campo is an Associate Professor at Taubman College, co-founder of the architectural practice SPAN, and director of the AR2IL—The Architecture and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at UoM. Here he conducts research on advanced design methods in architecture, primarily through the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques in collaboration with Michigan Robotics and the Computer Science department.
Emily Ebersol is a Master of Architecture candidate at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. Emily is interested in a transdisciplinary design approach, working at the intersection of architecture, organizing, writing, and curation.
Robert Fishman is an urban historian and Professor Emeritus at the Taubman College. From 2000-2022 he taught the College's course on the History of Urban Form, from which his essay contribution to Feed 3 is derived. His publications include "Bourgeois Utopias: the rise and fall of suburbia."
Catherine Griffiths is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Digital Studies Institute. She is a media artist, designer, and researcher exploring critical code and algorithmic aesthetics in the context of machine learning ethics. By creating simulations, short films, and software applications, her hybrid practice-theory-based creative research attempts to make palpable invisible computational forces that shape power and social dynamics.
Mira Henry is a founder of the Los Angeles based architectural design studio Current Interests. Mira’s formal research and writing focus on architecture, race, and materiality. She is the recipient of the 2019 Architectural League Prize, Henry Adams AIA Award, and Archiprix International Gold Medal. Mira holds a Bachelor in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Master of Architecture from UCLA.
The impact of architectural thinking and making upon society is central to Irene’s professional and scholarly work. She is assistant chair of architecture at Taubman College and finishing Get Practiced (Routledge, 2021), a book about the value of an architectural education, and why getting one is absolutely worth it.
Daniel Jacobs is an architect and co-founder of the research and design practice HOME-OFFICE. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston and serves as the secretary of the National Organizing Committee of The Architecture Lobby.
Ersela Kripa is an Associate Professor and Director at Texas Tech College of Architecture (CoA) – El Paso, and Director of Projects at POST (Project for Operative Spatial Technologies), a CoA research center. Ersela is a registered architect and founding partner of AGENCY. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture and serves on the board of directors of the Architectural League of New York.
Andrew Kudless is an artist, designer, and educator based in Houston, Texas. Founded in 2004, his firm Matsys has pieces in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. His work on Confluence Park has won a number of awards including a 2019 AIA National Honor Award. In 2019, he became the first American designer to contribute to Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection. Andrew is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston where he holds the Bill Kendall Memorial Endowed Professorship and also serves as the Director of the Construction Robotics and Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) Lab.
Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. He taught a SCI-Arc for 17 years. His interests include: the generative potential of architectural drawing; the spatial opportunities offered by utilizing diverse design methods; broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. In 2013 he published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with Nat Chard.
Meredith L. Miller is an architect and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is a founding member of T+E+A+M, an award-winning architecture practice based in Ann Arbor.
Steven Lauritano’s research examines the reciprocal relationships that connect historiography and design. His interests include hybrid practices of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architect-antiquarians; the survival of antiquarian methodologies in contemporary design culture; and the history of world-architectural-histories, from the seventeenth century to the present. Lauritano teaches at Leiden University where he is a member of the Centre for the Arts in Society.
Malcolm McCullough is the author of three widely read books on the design culture of situated interactivity: Ambient Commons (2013), Digital Ground (2004), and Abstracting Craft (1996). Since as early as the 1980s, and as recently as a new degree in Urban Technology, now in its second year, he remains a serial innovator in design education.
John McMorrough is a writing architect. He writes about the relationship between architectural design and culture, and he designs as a partner of studioAPT (Architecture Project Theory). He is also an associate professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.
Professor Achim Menges is a registered architect and Professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction since 2008. His practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing that enables a highly articulated, performative built environment.
Stephen Mueller is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech College of Architecture (CoA) – El Paso, as well as Director of Research at POST (Project for Operative Spatial Technologies), and a founding partner of AGENCY, a design and research practice which leverages spatial design and spatial information to counteract nascent forms of global and urban insecurity. Stephen is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters award.
Catie Newell is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College and founding principal of Alibi Studio based in Detroit. Her work and research captures optical and material effects, focusing on the development of new atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light or lack thereof.
Tsz Yan Ng is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College and principal of an independent architecture and art practice. A common thread to her research investigates questions of labor in various facets and forms – underscoring broader issues of industrial manufacturing innovation, of human labor, crafting, and aesthetics.
Cyrus Peñarroyo is an assistant professor of architecture at Taubman College and a partner in the architecture practice EXTENTS. Peñarroyo’s work examines the urbanity of the Internet: how networked technologies shape urbanization and how media spheres influence built environments.
Vyta Pivo is a postdoctoral scholar and Assistant Professor specializing in architectural and urban history, environmental studies, and the U.S. in global context. Her current project, Baptized in Concrete: A Material History of the US Empire, documents the global ambitions of the U.S. cement and concrete industries along with the environmental and social consequences of their unfettered expansion.
Mireille Roddier is an Associate Professor in Architecture and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan. Her writings and teaching focus on urban representation through the lens of class and gender. Her design practice with Keith Mitnick has received numerous awards, including the Architecture League’s Young Architects Prize and Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard.
Jose Sanchez is an Associate Professor at Taubman College, Architect, Game Designer, and Theorist based in Detroit, Michigan. He is the director of the Plethora Project, a research studio investing in the future of the propagation of architectural design knowledge. His research “Architecture for the Commons” designs and interrogates social media platforms as tools with the potential to author architectural content in the public domain.
Anya Sirota is an American architectural designer and educator. She is a founding principal of Akoaki, a Detroit-based practice of architects and urban designers specializing in public spaces and experimental cultural infrastructure. She teaches at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College, where she also serves as Associate Dean of Academic Initiatives.
Rebecca Smith is a mixed-methods researcher and designer, working at the intersection of technology, social justice, and urbanism. She is currently a PhD candidate at Taubman College, where her dissertation, “Technologies of Legibility: Surveillance and the Politics of Visualization,” analyzes the the production of beliefs and narratives surrounding technologies of police surveillance in Detroit.
Geoffrey Thün is Associate Vice President for Research in Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Michigan Office of Research, Professor of Architecture at Taubman College, and a founding partner in the research-based practice rvtr. His research and creative practice ranges in scale from the regional territory and the city to high-performance buildings, to full-scale prototype-based work exploring responsive and kinetic envelopes that mediate energy, atmosphere, and social space.
Kathy Velikov is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is a licensed Architect, founding partner of the research-based practice rvtr, and the Vice President of ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture).
Lee Vinsel is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech, co-founder of The Maintainers, a global, interdisciplinary research network focused on maintenance, repair, and care, and host of Peoples & Things, a podcast about human life with technology. He is the author of Moving Violations: Automobiles, Experts, and Regulations in the United States, and co-author of The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work that Matters Most.
Peter von Bülow is an engineer and architect and has worked in Germany and the United States. He spent a year at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Lightweight Studies under Frei Otto, and later completed a doctorate there under Werner Sobek. His area of research focuses on the use of evolutionary computation for exploration and optimization of structural systems.