If architecture is really the practice of generalism, I ought to be its poster boy. Currently, I teach the history of Architecture and Anthropology at Harrington College of Design, and Sculpture at SAIC. I lead seminars and advise theses on topics that belong to the loose conglomeration of interests that Richard Bucannan and Victor Margolin have termed design studies. I have also taught Computer Science and Digital Media, Medicine, Finance, and a few other things. I round these academic pursuits out with a vigorous creative practice that uses ethnographic methods of discovery coupled with creative (and frequently technology enhanced) methods of expression.
My visual arts practice engages the equipment of insider and outsider practices, especially the relationship between individual lives and the arbitrariness of statistical and medical worldviews. I combine ethnographic investigatory methods and architectural techniques of discovery to make work that is sculptural in presentation but transdisciplinary in subject.
My early professional practice focused on the programming of visual database technology. I developed what I still believe is the first visual database to replace a slide library. Subsequent technology work focused on similar new media translation and cataloging projects, ranging from study guides and enrollment systems to surgical training environments and full-blown online universities.
I have been sporadically engaged by the whitewashing of classical civilization – which I think of as the visual dimension of the enlightenment. I engaged the idea as a humanities graduate student both with the usual research and write strategy, but also by supporting some open source software projects trying to build visualizations of some of the great monuments of antiquity – in full color. Most recently, I have been making “reproductions” of classical sculpture (primarily in aluminum).
My interest in Sustainability theory engages logics by which technological and material strata inform cultural practices. What initially captured my anthropological attention was a paradoxical belief – that technology can fix the problems that technology makes. As I began deeper investigation, other rungs of analysis – especially the aesthetic, cultural, and the ethical – revealed themselves as clear substantive issues for designers. Unlike many sustainable architecture practices which focus on either technoscientific models of intervention (avoiding considering the consequences of a techno-fetishist ethic) or political methods (avoiding the materialist problems), I attempt to work in the middle ranges between the two.
Harrington College of Design, Faculty
Faculty of Critical Studies. Courses in the History of Architecture (upper division and grad), Anthropology, Urban Sociology, Communication and Technology Studies, Philosophy, Sustainability Studies.
The University of Chicago, Research Assistant
The only way to get a real eduction in theory is to start by fetching coffee for someone really important and work your way up to writing their manuscripts.
Cultural Practices, Principal
The University of Chicago, Faculty Technology Manager
UNext, Learning Architect
like an information architect, but specialized in learning.
The University of Chicago, Information Architect
Intermuseum Conservation Association, Conservation Assistant
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MArch, Architecture
Archeworks, Socially Responsible Design
The University of Chicago, Masters, Humanities, Anthropology, Sociology
Oberlin College, Bachelors, Archeology, Visual Arts