Joe Manganelli

Joe Manganelli

Greenville, SC, US



My goal is improving the capacity of the built environment to support and enhance human health, well-being, and performance.

My building design experience is primarily in the industrial (most recently, bio-tech/pharmaceutical facilities), educational (K-12 & higher ed), and healthcare market sectors in facilities planning & space planning, requirements definition, conceptual design, sustainable design, detailed design, product design/development, and usability testing.  I also have experience in fabrication, construction administration, and user-experience design.

My web/systems design experience primarily entails needs analyses, heuristic evaluations, usability analyses, and systems modeling for healthcare-related applications and websites.

I currently:

  • work on the design of industrial facilities with Fluor Enterprises,
  • teach online courses in user experience design and information architecture for Kent State University,
  • operate a small business, xplr design, llc, that focuses on the intersection of information architecture, user experience research, and human factors with environmental design,
  • am active with the state chapter of the USGBC (currently vice-chair/chair-elect),
  • participate on the Information Standards and Thought Leadership subcommittees of the National Insitute of Building Sciences,
  • am writing a book on architecture, cognition, and systems.



xplr design, llc, Clemson, SC, US, designer/researcher


This year, I started a side business focused on information architecture, user experience, and human factors, especially as related to environmental design.

Jan 2016 - current

Fluor Enterprises, Greenville, SC, US, Building Design Specialist

building design specialist

Aug 2014 - current

Kent State University, Part-Time Faculty, School of Library and Information Science

I teach online graduate courses on user experience design, information architecture, and knowledge management.

Jul 2014 - current

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Greenville, SC, US, postdoctoral fellow

My primary focus is driving-related research. I have also assisted with some design work and some class preparation and instruction.

Jan 2014 - Aug 2014

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, graduate research assistant and instructor

I assisted with research projects related to environmental design, product design, rehabilitation, and driving, primarily in the healthcare, interactive systems, and user experience domains.

Aug 2008 - Dec 2013

O'Neal, Inc., Greenville, SC, US, intern architect III

I functioned as an advanced but unlicensed intern architect and was involved in all phases of industrial architecture projects ranging from small factory renovations to the design of a multi-billion dollar facility overseas. We used a range of project delivery methods with our private clients.

Feb 2008 - Jan 2009

Freeman & Major Architects, LLC, Greenville, SC, US, intern architect III

I functioned as an advanced but unlicensed intern architect and was involved in all phases of mid-sized commercial, residential, and educational facilities. We primarily did contractor-led or architect-led design/build project delivery with guaranteed maximum prices servicing private and institutional contracts.

Aug 2006 - Jan 2008

HUNT Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors, P.C., Horseheads, NY, US, intern architect I, II, III

I functioned as an advanced but unlicensed intern architect and was involved in all phases of mid-sized and large-scale K-12, higher ed, and municipal architectural projects. We primarily did design/bid/build project delivery servicing state, municipal, and institutional contracts.

Mar 2004 - Jul 2006

AccuFab, Inc., Ithaca, NY, US, detailer and assistant project manager

I functioned as miscellaneous metals, structural metals, ornamental metals, and custom industrial parts handling equipment detailer and assistant project manager. My role included doing takeoffs, scheduling, budgeting, and project management. The work included a range of project delivery methods.

Oct 2002 - Feb 2004


Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, Masters, Psychology (Human Factors and Ergonomics)

My thesis studies the psychological processes involved in wayfinding in large, complex facilities.

Aug 2009 - May 2016

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, PhD, Planning, Design and the Built Environment

My dissertation focused on program requirements and project scoping for complex, interactive, architectural systems.

Aug 2008 - Dec 2013

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1995 - May 2002

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, Bachelors, Spanish

Sep 1995 - May 2002

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