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Flexible, focused degree programs

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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David Emmons


David Emmons is a designer and lecturer based in Champaign, IL. He is co-coordinator of the sophomore design studio sequence and also instructs studio at the junior level. In contribution to the Detail + Fabrication Program Area, he advises independent studies on fabrication in addition to overseeing exhibit planning and construction.

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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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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.

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James P. Warfield

Professor Emeritus

Professor Warfield is an architect, author and professor emeritus, having taught studios of all levels for forty years. As a scholar, he has explored fundamental principles of design theory through original field research in worldwide vernacular architecture.

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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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Mohamed Boubekri, Ph.D.


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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Heather E. Grossman, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor

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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Christina Bollo, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Professor Bollo’s research and teaching focus on the social, economic and environmental ramifications of housing design. She is committed to mitigating the built environment’s role in climate change by designing and retrofitting energy-efficient housing that people will choose to live in, sited in communities dense enough for walking, biking and public transportation.

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Paul Hardin Kapp

Associate Professor

With specializations in Campus Historic Preservation, Vernacular Architecture of the South, and Technology and Design in Historic Preservation, Professor Kapp is an expert on historic preservation, post-industrial revitalization and historic university campuses. He is chair of the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) and is a member of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council (IHAC).

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Andrea Melgarejo de Berry

Visiting Lecturer in Architectural Design

Andrea Melgarejo de Berry received her Master of Architecture and Master in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was a Teaching Assistant for the sophomore design studios. Her career and educational interests has always been in the exploration of different scales of architecture, seeking to improve livability of communities though the practice of thoughtful design and the making of it.

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Randy Deutsch, LEED-AP

Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director for Graduate Studies

Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP is the Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he oversees graduate student recruitment, admissions, yielding activities, the award of scholarships/fellowships, enrollment, orientation and advising; coordinating reviews in graduate design studios; collaborating in alumni development efforts; and, contributing to operational and strategic planning beneficial to the school and the Director.

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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 behavior of cable domes, deployable structures, and form-finding of tensegrity and tensile membrane structures. His accompanying interests include the study of elastic and geometric structural stability.

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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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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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Vidar Lerum, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Vidar Lerum is a practicing architect and university professor with a long track record in the area of design, construction, monitoring and analysis of energy-efficient buildings. He is the author of “High-Performance Building”, (John Wiley & Sons, 2007), which disseminates findings from a careful investigation of advanced building designs exposed to diverse climate conditions in Greenland, Scandinavia, Central Europe, and North America. In the research leading up to his Ph.D.

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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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Tom Loew

Visiting 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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Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA

Professor and Interim Director

Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He received his Master of Architecture from the school in 1980. In the years following he practiced with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, and Tai Soo Kim Partners.

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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. Previously he has lectured several universities in Korea and taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an assistant professor at the department of architecture and primary faculty of the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies. 

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Scott Murray

Associate Professor

Professor Murray teaches design studios and seminars and served as the inaugural Chair of the Building Performance Program at the Illinois School of Architecture. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board 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-unit residences to skyscrapers.

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Sharon Irish, Ph.D.

Affiliated Lecturer

Sharon Irish is an architectural and art historian. Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between is her most recent book (University of Minnesota Press, 2010.) Previous publications include a book-length bibliography on Medievalism in North American art and architecture, and a monograph on the architect Cass Gilbert (Monacelli Press, 1999), as well as a number of articles and book chapters on Gilbert, and essays on artists Anish Kapoor, Suzanne Lacy, Nek Chand Saini, Le Corbusier, and Stephen Willats.

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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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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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Abbas Aminmansour, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Aminmansour’s areas of interest include structural steel design as well as sustainability impact of tall buildings. He developed the formulas and table included in Part Six (Combined Forces) of the Steel Construction Manual published by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

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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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D. Fairchild Ruggles, Ph.D.

Affiliated Professor

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Claire Gaspin

Adjunct Lecturer

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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Thérèse Tierney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Tierney’s research operates at the intersection of new media and the built environment by leveraging emergent technologies for the public benefit. During 2006, she was a doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory studying computational systems.

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Lynne M. Dearborn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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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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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John R. Senseney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

John R. Senseney is a faculty member in Art History, and is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture. His research and teaching explore important interconnections of tools, techniques, materials, and the human body in ancient processes of making and ideation. He is the author of The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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Alejandro Lapunzina

Professor, Director Barcelona Program

Educated at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Lapunzina is the head of the School of Architecture Study Abroad Program. Currently on sabbatical leave of absence, he will resume his usual teaching activities in the Fall 2014 with the beginning of the School’s new overseas program in Barcelona-El Vallés, where he will teach Architectural Design courses and will coordinate the program’s curriculum.

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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.

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Joy Monice Malnar

Professor Emerita

Professor Emerita Joy Malnar is a licensed architect whose work focuses on the sensory attributes of architecture. She is specifically interested in human interaction with urban and lakefront environments, especially in her hometown of Chicago. Her studios have focused on urban, residential types with an emphasis on their sensory aspects, as well as varied, multiuse lakefront buildings such as boathouses, restaurants, and comfort stations.

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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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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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William Worn, AIA

Clinical Associate Professor

Professor Worn is both an academic and a practitioner who runs a successful office in Chicago. He is a past president of the American Institutes of Architects, Illinois Chapter and serves on the Board of the Chicago Environmental Fund. He is nationally recognized for his work on behalf of people with disabilities in accessible design and fair housing. He also holds LEED and EDAC accreditations.

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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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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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Ryan Reber

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ryan is a licensed architect located in Urbana, Illinois. With over a decade of architectural office experience involving residential, commercial, institutional, and historic preservation projects, he formed his own business in 2014.

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Carl G. Lewis

Academic Advisor & Career Services Coordinator

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

Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Mir M. Ali, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Backed by strong international academic and professional careers, Professor Ali’s research revolves around tall building design, its structure, history, sustainability, and mitigation against natural
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