You learn most from your fellow students
That is true at every architecture school, but at the School of Architecture you live, eat and experience everything with your fellow learners all day long, so that you immerse yourself collectively in architecture. Because we are so small and so intense, you also have access to teachers and advisors, as well as visiting lecturers and critics, in a direct and almost continual manner. At one faculty for every three or four students, our instruction ratio is higher than that in any other graduate program of architecture in the United States. We also have a wide network of practitioners and experts who visit on a regular basis. Finally, the School attracts leading designers and thinkers to share their work and thoughts at least eight times a year in our lecture series. During their stays, they often also give workshops and critiques, and, as they stay on campus, are available on an informal basis as well.
From Frank Gehry to Erin Besler, Wolf Prix to Tatiana Bilbao to Sir David Adjaye, the lecture series has brought some of the best architects of the world to The School of Architecture. Students conduct interviews with the lecturers for the student magazine WASH, and enjoy interacting with the lecturers when they are on campus.
In addition to our Core Faculty, the School also draws on a community of experts in fields as diverse as theory, furniture making, theater, and law to give students a broad overview of the knowledge and background they need to succeed in the field. Visiting Teaching Fellows bring fresh perspectives to the studio every year.
The School has a Core Faculty of three instructors: President Chris Lasch, Dean Stephanie Lin, Matthew Trzebiatowski, AIA, and Ron Geren, AIA. These teachers not only oversee required courses, but also act as mentors and faculty advisors during a student’s whole time at the School.
2019-20 LECTURE SERIES
Current Visiting Teaching Fellow: Leah Wulfman
Leah Wulfman is a Carrier Bag architect, educator, digital puppeteer, and occasional writer based in Los Angeles. They are currently the Visiting Teaching Fellow at the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Leah is also adjunct faculty at SCI-Arc and ArtCenter’s Media Design Practices (MDP) Program, and recently taught the Summer Design Studio and Technology Seminar at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (AUD) IDEAS. Trained as an architect, Wulfman has been assembling hybrid virtual and physical spaces in order to prototype new relationships to technology and nature, as well as challenge normative ideologies so often reinforced by technology and architecture. In addition to mixed-reality installations that play with and emphasize the physical, material basis of everything digital, they have been working on a writing and livestreaming series Living off the Land—traversing a variety of themes like ‘Deep Unlearning,’ Stone Soupercomputers, GamerGirl Bath Water, and our potential interactions with a Jacaranda Tree in full bloom witnessed through Google Earth.
Wulfman holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where they were awarded numerous interdisciplinary awards for art and architecture, as well as a Masters of Arts in Liam Young’s Fiction and Entertainment program at SCI-Arc. Wulfman’s work experience can be likened to playing musical chairs, switching between the roles of a game developer, exhibition designer, architect, vfx generalist, creative director, educator and writer, as well as currently working as a 3d designer and fabricator for the artist Lauren Halsey. Their research and design work has been supported by numerous residencies and have been shown as part of various exhibitions and festivals, including Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, The FiDi Arsenale, Space Saloon Design and Build Festival, Open Engagement, VIA Festival for Electronic Art and Music, A Queer Query, and The Wrong Biennale for New Digital Art.
PAST TEACHING FELLOWS
Stephanie Sang Delgado
Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski
Cristina Murphy & Andrea Bertassi
CHRIS LASCH, President
Chris Lasch is a teacher, practitioner, and researcher dedicated to experimental architecture. Established in 2003 with Benjamin Aranda, his studio Aranda\Lasch approaches design through a deep investigation of structure and materials. Recognition includes the United States Artists Award, Young Architects Award, Design Vanguard Award, AD Innovators, and the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award. Their early projects are the subject of the best-selling architecture book, Pamphlet Architecture 27: Tooling. Aranda\Lasch has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs and biennials. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York and the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Chris Lasch is based in Tucson, AZ and is President of the School of Architecture.
Stephanie Lin, Dean
Stephanie Lin is the principal of Present Forms based in New York and co-founder of design collaborative Office III. Her practice combines artistic and architectural modes of thinking, ranging in scale from buildings and interiors to installations and objects. Prior to her position at The School of Architecture, Stephanie was an Assistant Professor Adjunct at the Cooper Union where she taught studios investigating relationships of form, type and program, as well as representation courses in imaging and animation. She has also taught at UC Berkeley, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University GSAPP. In tandem with teaching and individual practice, Stephanie has participated in numerous collaborations including her ongoing work with Office III which she founded with Sean Canty and Ryan Golenberg. In 2017 the three were finalists in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and completed the Governors Island Welcome Center in New York that same year. Stephanie’s work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, NY), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York, NY), A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Los Angeles, CA), cneai= (Paris, France), as well as at a number of universities. Stephanie received her B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and her M.Arch AP from Harvard GSD.
RONALD L. GEREN
Ronald L. Geren, FCSI, AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSC, SCIP, is the owner and principal of RLGA Technical Services, LLC, a specifications and building code consulting firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, which includes projects covering many building types such as residence halls, classroom and office buildings, libraries, multifamily residential, commercial office and retail, religious, theaters, and military.
Ron is the author of Applying the Building Code: Step-by-Step Guidance for Design and Building Professionals (Wiley, 2016), a book written about integrating code compliance in the design process.
In addition to his consulting practice and teaching, Ron is a member of several organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Construction Specifications Canada, the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice, the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Building Technology Educators’ Society. In addition to his memberships, Ron is a member of AIA’s Codes and Standards Committee and a member of CSI’s Academic Programs Committee, each at the national level. He is a former board chair of CSI and a past chair of AIA’s MasterSpec Architectural Review Committee.
Ron is a Fellow of CSI, a Certified Construction Specifier, a Certified Construction Contract Administrator, and a Certified Building Plans Examiner.
Matthew G Trzebiatowski, AIA, LEED ap earned a Masters’ Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) in 1997. Trzebiatowski is a licensed architect in Arizona and Wisconsin, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, a Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture (SoA), and an Assistant Lecturer at The University of Arizona (UoA) in Tucson. Trzebiatowski, who founded blank studio design + architecture in 2006, has won numerous awards for the design work of his studio and was nominated for the prestigious Marcus Prize for Architecture in 2017. The work is published frequently in periodicals such as GA Houses, Architectural Record, DETAIL, Dwell, Blueprint, and Domus.
blank studio design + architecture was created to honor the capacity for architecture to challenge, inspire and elevate design awareness in an environment that is directed toward increasingly simplistic and synthetic solutions: the design process centers upon investigation and synthesis, the experiential use of space, an authentic expression of materiality, and the engagement of the senses. Within this inclusive method of design, blank studio endeavors through its work, to transcend meaninglessness and create that which is a testimony to the potential of the designed environment.