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At the Illinois School of Architecture we provide students with an aesthetically motivated and technically rigorous design-based education. The comprehensive and flexible core curricula of the school‘s graduate degree programs enable students to develop a specialized professional or academic focus in one of the program areas. Students may also elect to enroll in one of the school‘s joint degree programs. The standard B.S.A.S. degree curriculum is enhanced with additional technology, history, and structures courses.


Large Diverse Faculty

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Botond Bognar

Professor and Edgar A. Tafel Endowed Chair in Architecture

Botond Bognar is Professor and Edgar A. Tafel Endowed Chair in Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. in Architecture and MArch degrees at the Technical University of Budapest and his M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a Japanese Governmental (Mombusho) Scholar he conducted research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) for two years in the early 1970s.

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AnnaMarie R. Bliss, Ph.D.


Dr. AnnaMarie R. Bliss is a Lecturer in Architecture teaching design studios, foundational design principals, history and theory, and research methods for environmental designers. Her scholarship concentrates on the socio-spatial and haptic aspects of preservation design triggering changes in the environmental perception of users. Dr. Bliss’s research engages tourist-historic places with special emphasis on the effects of adaptation to historically significant sites.

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Aaron Paul Brakke

Assistant Professor

Aaron Paul Brakke is an architect and designer born and educated in the United States. He is Founder and Director of Design at Whiteknee. He studied architecture at Ball State University where he graduated with a post professional degree in Architecture (MArch II). At this time he was involved in the development of an ACADIA Conference and became interested in researching the reciprocal relationship between the architect and technology.

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Heather E. Grossman, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor and History Area Coordinator

Heather E. Grossman is an architectural and art historian and an archaeologist whose research investigates concepts and instances of architectural and cultural interaction in the Mediterranean. Her research and teaching examines encounters between the various Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures of the “global” medieval world, focusing on the role of architecture in creating identity, memory and architecture, and the development of Mediterranean cities.

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D. Fairchild Ruggles, Ph.D.

Affiliated Professor

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

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Tom Loew

Adjunct Lecturer

Since 1988, Tom has owned and developed a Design/Build firm in Champaign, Illinois specializing in custom designed homes and remodels. Tom’s ability to guide and instruct others though the process of home design and construction is a trademark of his professional practice. This endeavor has proven to be a fulfilling life’s work, which draws from a rich architectural education from the University of Illinois.

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Abbas Aminmansour, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Aminmansour’s areas of research and scholarship interest include structural steel and reinforced concrete design as well as design of tall buildings. 

Structural Steel Design:

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Yun Kyu Yi, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yun Kyu Yi teaches environmental and sustainable architecture and technology and conducts research in the area of computational building modeling and simulation, building performance evaluation and indoor occupants behavior. He is also founder and lead investigator of the Responsive Architecture Lab (RAL) at the Illinois School of Architecture. 

Kennedy K. Hutson

Visiting Assistant Professor

Kennedy Hutson is the Owner and Principal of Kennedy Hutson Associates, an architectural firm located in Monticello, Illinois. Prior to founding Kennedy Hutson Associates in 1995, he served as staff architect and associate at a number of architectural firms in Colorado and Illinois, specializing in numerous types of architecture ranging from housing, hospitality, and corporate interiors in Colorado to Historic Preservation and institutional and recreational facilities in Illinois.

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Kathryn H. Anthony, Ph.D.

ACSA Distinguished Professor

Professor Anthony teaches, conducts research, and writes about how spaces and places affect people. Her expertise focuses on such topics as social and behavioral factors in design, gender and race in contemporary architecture, and entrepreneurship in design. She has also developed a new seminar on architecture, cinema, environment, and behavior.

Aneesha Dharwadker

Assistant Professor of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Aneesha Dharwadker is an educator and design practitioner with interests in global urbanism, material history, and rural healthcare. She is the founder of Chicago Design Office and editor of Transect, an annual journal of design criticism.


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Kevin Hinders

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Chicago Studio

Professor Hinders leads graduate seminars and studios that examines design on the urban scale. He is also the principle in charge at Champaign-based PREP A.R.E. He is well versed with projects large and small. As a professional, Professor Hinders has drafted new master plans for the University Campus, Research Parks, and Campustown 2000. His work truly spans the scales of architecture, urban design, and master planning.

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Erik Hemingway

Associate Professor

Professor Hemingway has taught architectural design at numerous universities since 1994 and is Principal of the award winning design firm hemingway+a/studio based in Chicago. With 19 years of teaching experience, it has enabled him to continue his research on modern cities including Beijing, Los Angeles and Detroit in continuation of his thesis Television City undertaken at Columbia University in 1991.

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Sara Bartumeus Ferré

Associate Professor

Professor Bartumeus Ferré is professor at UIUC and in both the Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture at the ETSAB and in the Department of Urbanism and Territorial Planning at the ETSAV in Barcelona, Spain. She has been a member of the Barcelona City council’s Architecture Committee and of the COAC’s Advisory Committee in Urban Planning and Landscape.

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Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, FAIA

Director & Miers Professor

Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, FAIA, ACSADP, CAAPPR

Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, FAIA is the Clayton T. Miers Professor in Architecture and Director of the Illinois School of Architecture. Prof. Rodríguez-Suárez studied architecture at Georgia Tech, Paris and Harvard GSD, where he earned a Master of Architecture with Distinction winning the American Institute of Architects Medal, the Portfolio Award and a Fulbright Fellowship.

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Ralph E. Hammann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Hammann is a registered architect and LEED® accredited professional with an extended professional background. As the previous Head of Design, Head of Programming and Master Planning in two major German firms, his portfolio includes medium to large scale projects for corporate and private clients across Europe and the U.S. He blend’s design excellence with building performance and environmental design in his research which focuses on technology and sustainable design.

Christina Bollo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Christina Bollo is an assistant professor in the Health and Wellbeing focus area. Professor Bollo’s research focuses on the manifestation of housing policy in design and the social, economic, and environmental ramifications of housing design on the people who live there. Currently, she investigates the tradeoffs between autonomy and community for the residents of Permanent Supportive Housing.

Richard K. Strand, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

With an extensive background in Mechanical Engineering and building systems, Professor Strand teaches the undergraduate Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) course as well as graduate seminars on energy modeling and HVAC. He has researched low energy technologies for space conditioning and developed portions of EnergyPlus, software that enables modeling of building energy performance, for the US Department of Energy.

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Lynne M. Dearborn, Ph.D.


Professor Dearborn’s research focuses on the mutual interaction of people and their environments, particularly the relationship between residential environments and cultural change. She studies the Hmong of SE Asia and Hmong immigrants in the US, African Americans in inner-city neighborhoods, and Native Americans. She is heavily involved in FAA’s Illinois Action Research.

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Randy Deutsch, FAIA

Clinical Associate Professor

A Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Randy Deutsch FAIA, LEED AP teaches Design Studio, Professional Practice, and Building Construction.

Randy is a licensed architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects, and has appeared in Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, DesignIntelligence and other periodicals.

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Sudarshan Krishnan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sudarshan Krishnan specializes in the area of lightweight structures. His current research focuses on the structural design and stability behavior of cable-strut systems and transformable structures. He teaches courses on the planning, analysis and design of structural systems. As an architect and structural designer, he has worked on a range of projects that included houses, hospitals, recreation centers, institutional buildings, and conservation of historic buildings/monuments.

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Paul Hardin Kapp

Associate Professor

Paul Hardin Kapp is Associate Professor of Architecture. He has taught historic preservation in architecture at Illinois for the past eleven years. He teaches the following courses: ARCH 574-Historic Preservation Design Studio; ARCH 419-Historic Building Preservation; ARCH 518-Conservation of Building Materials; and ARCH 519-Recording Historic Buildings. His students have placed twice in the Charles E.

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Scott Murray

Associate Professor

Professor Murray teaches design studios and seminars and has served as past Chair of the Building Performance Program at the Illinois School of Architecture. He is also currently the Design Editor of the journal Technology ׀ Architecture + Design (TAD). As a licensed architect since 2000, Professor Murray has worked on a variety of building projects ranging in scale from single-family houses to skyscrapers.

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David M. Chasco, FAIA


Professor David M. Chasco, FAIA, is Professor and past Director of the Illinois School of Architecture (2004-2014). Chasco was originally a member and associate with Gunnar Birkerts and Assoc. from 1983-1994, Design Architect with DiClemente Siegel Design/Gunnar Birkerts FAIA from 1997-2002, joined the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in 1994, and served as Interim Dean from 2002-2004.

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Alejandro Lapunzina

Professor, Director Barcelona Program

Educated at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Washington University in St. Louis, Alejandro Lapunzina is the Suzanne & William Allen Professor of Architecture. He is also Director of the School’s flagship overseas program, the Illinois Study Abroad Program at Barcelona-El Vallès (IASAP-BV). the head of the School of Architecture Study Abroad Program. He regularly teaches courses on Architectural Design and coordinates the IASAP-BV’s curriculum.

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Tait Johnson, Ph.D.


Tait Johnson is an architect and architectural historian with a primary research focus on the history and theory of modern architecture and materiality in the twentieth century, specifically concerned with the image and instrumentality of aluminum in architecture.

William Worn

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus

William Worn is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where his research interests lie at the intersection of sustainability and health. He is also President Emeritus and founder of Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects P.C. in Chicago (1991-present). He taught previously at the University of Illinois at Chicago 2001-2009 where he was Director of the Master of Science in Health Design program.

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John C. Stallmeyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Stallmeyer’s research and teaching focus on contemporary urban and architectural production and consumption under the influence of information and communications technology (ICT). His graduate studios explore the intersection of ICT and the design process through the exploration and integration of digital sketching and modeling environments with analog methods in a hybrid process.

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Paul Armstrong

Associate Professor Emeritus

Continually leading graduate studios on high-rise design, Professor Armstrong focuses his efforts on tall building. Through venues like the Journal of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, he has published and exhibited his work on urban environments. He is currently working on a book on contemporary tall building design.

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Cruz Garcia

Visiting Lecturer

Cruz García is a Puerto Rican educator, designer, author, theorist, curator, artist and co-founder of WAI Architecture Think Tank.He is a co-founder of artist collective Garcia Frankowski and co-founding curator of critically acclaimed alternative art space Intelligentsia Gallery智先画廊 in Beijin

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T.F. Tierney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emerita

T.F. Tierney is Associate Professor Emerita of Architecture with a Designated Emphasis in New Media at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.  As founding director of URL: Urban Research Lab, Tierney explores the intersection between networked technologies and the built environment.  During 2013, Tierney was a United States Delegate to Smart & Digital Cities in France.

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Nathalie Frankowski

Visiting Lecturer

Nathalie Frankowski is an educator, designer, author, poet, curator, artist and co-founder of WAI Architecture Think Tank.

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Andrea Melgarejo de Berry

Teaching Assistant Professor

Andrea Melgarejo de Berry is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Melgarejo de Berry holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, in Paraguay and master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Mohamed Boubekri, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Director of Transition

Professor Boubekri’s work focuses on sustainable architecture and the intersection of the built environment and human health. Through numerous publications, two recently published books, he explores the impact of the lack of daylight inside buildings on people’s health, behavior and overall well-being. More generally, his work also examines the relationship between architectural design, sustainable technologies and building energy/environmental performance.

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Marci S. Uihlein, P.E.

Associate Professor

Professor Uihlein is a licensed professional engineer with a graduate degree in architecture. She has worked on projects for both the private sector and academic institutions with Arup at their San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. She first became involved in academia while working as a visiting lecturer for the School of Architecture with the Study Abroad Program in Versailles, France from 2007-2010.

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Trina Sandschafer, AIA

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

Trina serves as Vice President and Design Principal at Kahler Slater, where she is responsible for establishing, inspiring, and directing the comprehensive development of the design process.

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Carl G. Lewis

Teaching Assistant Professor

Carl Lewis’ experience spans the fields of government service, architecture and academia. He has researched and lectured extensively on architectural design and its application for the disabled. He has held numerous appointments on a variety of committees that relate to the built environment and to the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Benjamin A. Bross, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

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Michael Kim, Ph.D.


Professor Kim is a University of California, Berkeley, educated Design Theorist with research emphases on the Nature of Design and Integrative Design Process; the Nature and the Structure of Design Knowledge; Design Knowledge Acquisition; Building Systems, Functionality, Constructability, and their Integration. He is also a Licensed Architect.

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Mark Taylor

Associate Professor

With a background in three-dimensional design, Professor Taylor has worked in the fields of interior design, construction management, architecture, and scenic construction for the film industry. His experiences have taken him across the US, Sri Lanka, and Haiti.

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Kevin Erickson

Associate Professor

Kevin Erickson is the founding principal of KNE studio, based in New York City, and an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, where he is Chair of the Detail + Fabrication Program Area within the School of Architecture. The work of KNE studio is fixated on simple and forward thinking design ideas that create new value on multiple scales. In 2013, KNE studio was invited by actress Bette Midler's NYRP Foundation to design a boathouse and outdoor classroom in upper Manhattan.

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Marcos Barinas

Visiting Lecturer

Marcos Barinas Uribe is an architect and urban planner. He attended The Catholic University of America and The Southern California Institute of Architecture under a Fulbright scholarship.

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