New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Newark, NJ


New Faculty at CoAD

By littlefred
Sep 10, '12 12:36 PM EST



Educator, writer and designer, Keith Krumwiede has been appointed to the faculty of NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design as an associate professor, and faculty coordinator of the M.Arch Program.  

He has taught at Otis College of Art and Design, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Rice University and was, most recently, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture where he was awarded the King-Lui Wu Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Krumwiede, whose current research focuses on the development of sustainable, climate-responsive, mid-rise urban housing prototypes, has written about the sub-networks and porous enclaves of Los Angeles, the almost viral annexations pattern of Texas cities, and the sophisticated and sinister practices of homebuilders. He is currently working on Gross Domestic Product, a book about the recent history of the ultimate American consumer product, the single family house.

He has designed furniture, books, installations, and buildings (along with several urban plans). His current grant-supported design work is focused on the development of sustainable, climate-responsive, high-density urban housing prototypes.

Keith Krumwiede's 'Lantern House' for Hometta, here.


Martina Decker, an internationally renowned architect, who focuses on how new materials with novel properties might generate solutions to various contemporary challenges in sustainability and health and safety, has been appointed to the faculty of NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design as an assistant professor

 Decker originally comes from Germany, where she completed her architectural education, and now lives and works in Manhattan. Prior to moving to New York City, she practiced in Germany, Italy and Canada. The scope of her work is broad, from textiles and industrial design products, to architecture and urban design. Recently, she has been pursuing sustainability by developing innovative design applications for new materials and technologies. She has received awards from the American Institute of Architects Boston Society of Architects, Core 77, and I.D. (International Design) magazine. Her works have been published and exhibited in North America, South America, and Europe.

For more information regarding her work, visit her website.



Jesse LeCavalier, an architect with interests in logistics and urbanism, has been appointed assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Design.


Most recently, he was a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a senior researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory as part of the Singapore-ETH Center for Global Environmental Sustainability. His current work investigates the spatial consequences of Walmart’s logistics operations, some of which has appeared design journals like Arch+, AD, and MAS Context. His article, "All Those Numbers: Logistics, Territory, and Walmart," which appeared in Design Observer: Places, was named by the Atlantic as one of "Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism" in 2011.

LeCavalier has a Doctor of Science from the ETH Zurich, a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. He is a co-author, with John Harwood and Guillaume Mojon, of the publication This Will _ This (Standpunkte, 2009) and has contributed to the collections Infrastructure as Architecture (Jovis Verlag, 2010), Cities of Change: Addis Ababa (Birkhäuser, 2009) and Deviations: Designing Architecture (Birkhäuser, 2008). He is also is a member of Co+LeCavalier, a design studio concerned with transforming everyday life at a range of scales, including furniture, buildings, and urban design.


In 2010-11, he was the Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he taught design studios and research seminars. He spent three years teaching foundational design at the ETH Zurich and has also taught studios at Temple University Rome, Oberlin College, and American University of Sharjah. His professional experience includes two years at agps.architecture in Los Angeles, where he was involved with the design of the Portland Aerial Tram and the city’s new Children’s Museum.

His 2010-11 Taubman Fellows Lecture may be accessed via Vimeo here.