curriculum vitae

Kyle Steinfeld
356 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1800
ksteinfe {et} berkeley [dot] edu
last updated Jul 20 2017

academic experience

Aug 10 - Present
Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Director, Studio One Degree Program 2014-2015
**see below for a full listing of courses instructed at UC Berkeley.
Sep 06 - Aug 10
Visiting Instructor, Pratt Institute
Director, Digital Futures Consultant Group
ARCH 313
Building Services

ARCH 521c
Special Topics in Digital Representation

100S-01
Pre-College Summer Studio

ARCH 400
Advanced Design

ARCH 300
Advanced Design

100S-01
Pre-College Summer Studio

ARCH 200
Comprehensive Design

Sep 07 - May 08
Visiting Instructor, Cornell University
ARCH 465
Technology Seminar - Component Architecture

ARCH 401
Research Studio - Component Arcologies

Apr 06 - Apr 07
Researcher, Technische Universiteit Delft
Jan 06 - Mar 06
Adjunct Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
PAE 640
Special Topics: Programming for Design Applications

Jan 00 - May 01
Adjunct Professor, New York Institute of Technology
AAID 101
Design Fundamentals I

AAID 102
Design Fundamentals II

professional experience

Aug 08 - Dec 08
Digital Design Consultant, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
Lead Researcher, SOM / Sci Arc Applied Studies Seminar
May 07 - Aug 07
Designer, Acconci Studio
Mar 05 - Mar 06
Digital Design Researcher, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Sep 04 - Feb 05
Designer, TEN Arquitectos
Dec 03 - Aug 04
Project Designer, White Noise - White Light
May 03 - Nov 03
Designer, Diller + Scofidio
Apr 00 - May 01
Designer, Acconci Studio

publications

books, book chapters, and special issues

2017
PB-02
Geometric Computation
Vol 1: Foundations for Design
Joy Ko, Kyle Steinfeld
** Manuscript is in production.
Oct 14
PB-01
The Data Made Me Do It
Direct, Deferred, and Dissolved Authorship and the Architecture of the Crowd
Kyle Steinfeld, Levon Fox, Alex Spatzier
in: Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture
edited by: M Ibanez, D Gerber

conference papers (peer-review)

Nov 17
PC-09
Dreams May Come
Kyle Steinfeld
in: Disciplines & Disruption, Proceedings of Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
Nov 17
PC-08
Ivy
Progress in developing practical applications for a weighted-mesh representation for use in generative architectural design
Andrei Nejur, Kyle Steinfeld
in: Disciplines & Disruption, Proceedings of Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
Oct 16
PC-07
Ivy
Bringing a weighted-mesh representation to bear on generative architectural design applications
Andrei Nejur, Kyle Steinfeld
in: Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines, Proceedings of Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
Oct 14
PC-06
Imperative, Functional, Object-Oriented
An alternative ontology of programmatic paradigms for design
Kyle Steinfeld, Carlos Sandoval
in: Design Agency, Proceedings of Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
Oct 13
PC-05
Dhour
A bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit
Kyle Steinfeld, Brendon Levitt
in: Adaptive Architecture, Proceedings of The 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA 2013)
May 13
PC-04
Decodes
A platform-independent computational geometry environment
Kyle Steinfeld, Joy Ko
in: Open Systems, Proceedings of The 18th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2013)
Apr 13
PC-03
Housing Agency System (HAS)
Multi-Criteria Satisficing & Mass-Customization of Homes
Michael Bergin, Kyle Steinfeld
in: Offsite: Theory and Practice of Architectural Production, Proceedings of Fall Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA 2012)
Sep 12
PC-02
Open Graphic Evaluative Frameworks
A climate analysis tool and web-based weather data visualization platform
Kyle Steinfeld, Stefano Schiavon, Dustin Moon
in: Digital Physicality - Physical Digitality, Proceedings of The 30th International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe 2012)
Oct 10
PC-01
Situated Bioclimatic Information Design
A new approach to the processing and visualization of climate data
Kyle Steinfeld, Pravin Bhiwapurkar, Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen
in: LIFE in:formation, On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture, Proceedings of The 29th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA 2010)
Jul 06
PC-00
Constraints Driven Design of a Surface Inflatable Habitat Module
Georgi Petrov, Constance M. Adams, Kyle Steinfeld, and Dmitri Jajich
in: 2006 International Conference On Environmental Systems (ICES), Proceedings of ICES

invited publications

Oct 14
PIV-03
Data Agency
Kyle Steinfeld
in: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
edited by: J Sanchez, A Huang, D Gerber
Sep 13
PIV-02
Public, Private, Protected
Encapsulation and the Disempowerment of the Digital Architect
Kyle Steinfeld
in: Room One Thousand Fall/Spring 2013 Edition: Technology and the Box
edited by: P Maitland
Oct 12
PIV-01
Synthetic Digital Ecologies
Mark Cabrinha, Jason Kelly Johnson, and Kyle Steinfeld
in: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
** Introductory essay for ACADIA 2012 conference proceedings.

digital tools

In the subject area of Design Computation, the development of innovative design methods through the authoring of free and open-source software (FOSS) is an important means by which contributions to the discipline are made. For this reason, software is regarded as an important medium of creative work. Listed below are the research projects related to the development of design tools that have served to organize many of my other professional activities. These include the publication of research results, the securing of financial support for research, the forging of professional partnerships, and the development of teaching and pedagogy.
May 17
CW-08
Kyle Steinfeld and Hao Zheng
A series of experiments that explore human-computer collaborative drawing.
Jun 16
CW-07
Andrei Nejur, Kyle Steinfeld
A mesh analysis and segmentation toolkit that facilitates the fabrication of discrete three-dimensional forms. This toolkit has been the subject of a number of professional workshops, including most recently one at Meshworks Berlin (www.bedarf.cc/portfolio/meshworks-berlin).
Aug 14 - Jul 16
CW-04
Kyle Steinfeld, Erica Brett
A cloud-based computational geometry modelling environment
Jun 12
CW-02
Tyler Hoyt, Stefano Schiavon, Alberto Piccioli, Dustin Moon and Kyle Steinfeld
A web-based graphical user interface was developed for thermal comfort prediction according to ASHRAE Standard-55. This included models for conventional building systems (predicted mean vote) and also for comfort using the adaptive comfort model, and with increased air speeds (for example, when using fans for cooling).
May 11 - Jul 16
CW-01
Kyle Steinfeld
An online platform that targets students of environmental design and facilitates the peer-to-peer exchange of representational techniques, software tutorials, and other skill-training material relevant to studio practice. The Studiomaven project couples instructional improvement with research in the areas of user interface and digital design.
ongoing
CW-06
Kyle Steinfeld, Joy Ko
A platform-independent computational geometry library targeting architectural designers, and built upon the strategies of host-independence, domain-specificity, and context-appropriate abstraction.
May 12 - Mar 13
CW-05
Decod.es for Grasshopper
Kyle Steinfeld
A visual-programming interface for the Decod.es geometry library (see above).
Nov 12 - Jan 13
CW-03
Kyle Steinfeld
A bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit developed for the Grasshopper visual programming environment, which enables the situational development of information graphics.

grants and funded research

It is the norm in architectural design research to undertake many small-scale investigations that support larger research aims, and to fund such efforts through a multiplicity of funding structures. The project support presented below should be seen in the context of the other research outcomes produced, which may include the development of digital tools and/or the authoring of published work (related publications are noted). Unless otherwise indicated, I have served as principal investigator for all grants and funded research listed.
May 15
FR-18
Data + Design Research Workshop
Graham Fleming, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research
Funding provided for a workshop to kick-start the development of a central repository of free and open-source software (FOSS) tools housed at UC Berkeley that enables the use of big data tools for urban data collection, coordination, and integration.
Aug 14 - May 15
FR-17
Studio One Technical Partnership
Autodesk Design Research Group
Design Variations and Optimization
Support for research assistance related to Studio One, in the development of methods for the generation and exploration of massive design spaces.
Aug 14 - May 15
FR-16
Studio One Technical Partnership
Autodesk Revit Project Group
Declarative Design Tools
Support for research assistance related to Studio One, in the development of design tools for the application of a "declarative design method" to the domain of architectural design.
Aug 14 - May 15
FR-15
Studio One Technical Partnership
Autodesk Pier 9
Digital Fabrication Pipelines
Support for research assistance related to Studio One, in the development of automated "pipelines" for the rationalization and fabrication of architectural form. These include algorithms for the automated generation of flat panels for 2d-cutting, automated surface subdivision for 3d-milling, and automated geometric relaxation for finding similarly-sized elements.
Mar 14 - Sep 14
FR-14
Faculty Research Grant
UCB Committee on Research
DHour
Support to further the development of an opensource software plugin called "Dhour" that enables the visualization of climate and building performance data.
Jan 15 - Apr 15
FR-13
IIS Mini-Conference Grant
UCB Institute of International Studies
Public, Private, Protected Symposium
Support for a symposium on the current state of geometric and algorithmic literacy in architectural design education, and seeks to understand the evolving dynamic between increasingly powerful tools of design and the empowerment of designers.
May 13
FR-11
IDEA Studio Fellowship
Autodesk
Computational Literacy for Architectural Designers
Support is to further the development of a library of computational geometry lessons and code samples intended to demystify the core concepts of design computation for an audience of architectural designers. This library, titled "Decod.es" and currently implemented as a cross-platform Python module, closely mirrors a pedagogical framework outlined in a forthcoming book to be published by Routledge in 2014.
Jan 13 - Jun 13
FR-10
Faculty Research Grant
UCB Committee on Research
Decod.es
Support for the development of a computational geometry library targeted to architectural designers. By facilitating an enhanced computational literacy, the proposed software holds the potential to become a key catalyst in the ongoing transformation of the practice of architecture into a more deeply collaborative and innovative discipline.
Sep 12 - Sep 13
FR-09
Hellman Fellowship
The Hellman Foundation
Visualization Tools for Climate-Calibrated Design
Support for the development of a weather-data analysis and visualization tool-set for the next generation of climatically-responsive architecture. In contrast with heuristic tools directed toward known solutions, this tool offers architects an exploratory framework for discovering new design approaches by enabling nuanced and customizable queries of weather data, and aims to facilitate design processes better calibrated to climatic flows.
Sep 11 - Dec 11
FR-07
Research Enabling Grant
UCB Committee on Research
Dhour: A bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit
Support for research that seeks to develop a set of graphic interfaces, procedural standards, and software libraries that empower architectural designers to produce evaluative and rhetorical graphics.
Jun 11 - May 11
FR-05
Instructional Improvement Grant
UCB Office of Educational Development
Studiomaven
Support for the development of a web-based platform for the peer-to-peer exchange of representational techniques.
May 08 - Aug 08
FR-01
Faculty Development Grant
Pratt Institute
Force Feed
role: Co-PI
Support for a case study in design generation that tested the use of near real-time structural analysis, proposed in collaboration with Lonn Combs.
Sep 09 - May 10
FR-02
Graduate Fellowship
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

professional activities

workshops and symposia

An important locus for the production and dissemination of knowledge surrounding the application of design software is the workshop. It is an honor to be invited to lead such workshops, just as it is a mark of distinction to organize symposia at parallel institutions and organizations. Workshops such as the ones listed below act both as professional service, a means of sharing design methods and fostering the critical application of design software, and as an instrument to further research through the field testing of new technologies of design.
Sep 15
WS-13
Workshop Organizer, Design Modeling Symposium
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
In collaboration with Jessie Braden, Luis Jaggy, Joy Ko, and Lynnette Widder, organized a workshop on the visualization of large-scale data flows and small-scale human behavior.
Mar 15
WS-12
Chair, The Data Made Me Do It Symposium
UC Berkeley
Chaired a two-day symposium on the dynamics of new technologies of design and the changing notions of design authorship, with focus on two divergent scales: data-mining as a new way of understanding the urban environment, and declarative design as an approach that disrupts traditional notions of the relationship between software tools and the physical realization of architecture.
Mar 15
WS-11
Co-Chair, Data + Design
UC Berkeley
Organized a research workshop on making big-data analytics actionable for architectural design. The challenges of integrating big data analytics into the domain of architectural design and of making big data sets actionable within design practice remain critically underdeveloped. This one-day workshop sought to take steps to address this need by developing the models and interfaces required to enable designers to access cutting-edge geospatial mapping tools, crowdsourcing techniques, spatio-temporal analytics and data visualization methods, thereby significantly increasing their research capabilities.
Jul 14
WS-10
Cluster Organizer, Smart Geometry 2014
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Successfully proposed and executed a 6-day workshop cluster in Hong Kong through a peer-review process. This workshop speculates about about the use of a novel analytical tool for structuring the various spatial constituents and datasets related to high-density urban environments. This cluster argues that the complexity of Hong Kong's dense, interconnected commercial spaces cannot be properly analyzed and represented through conventional methods. In order to develop new ways to visualize and understand this spatial complexity, we developed a novel analytical tool for structuring the various spatial constituents and datasets. In collaboration with Carlos Sandoval, John Faichney, Scott Ewart, and Matthew Shaxted.
Apr 14
WS-09
Chair, Public, Private, Protected Symposium
UC Berkeley
Chaired The Public, Private, Protected symposium, which takes stock of the current state of geometric and algorithmic literacy in architectural design education, and seeks to understand the evolving dynamic between increasingly powerful tools of design and the empowerment of designers. The discussion pivots around a manuscript for a foundational text on computational geometry and algorithmic architectural design, PB-02, authored by Joy Ko and Kyle Steinfeld.
Jul 11
WS-08
Cluster Organizer, Smart Geometry 2011
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Successfully proposed and executed a 6-day workshop cluster in Copenhagen through a peer-review process. Workshop examines the means by which environmental flows are identified and described. In contrast with generic approaches to quantification, this cluster hypothesizes that data-driven design must be supported by designed data, and promotes the production of designer-authored environmental datastreams: highly contingent, intrinsically idiosyncratic, free for public use, and encouraging of interpretation. In collaboration with Kat Park and Nicholas Novelli.
Apr 08
WS-07
Workshop Organizer, Rhinoscript Workshop
The Ohio State University
Organized and led a 4-day workshop on generative design techniques utilizing Rhinoscript, a built-in scripting language for Rhinoceros.
Mar 07
WS-06
Workshop Organizer, Game, Set, Match
TU Delft
Tutored a 1-day workshop on generative design techniques at TU Delft.
Feb 07
WS-05
Workshop Organizer, Digital Futures Workshop
Pratt Institute
Organized and led a 1-day workshop on generative design techniques utilizing Processing, a Java development environment.
Nov 06
WS-04
Workshop Organizer, De-mystifying Multi-Agent Design
TU Delft
Organized and instructed a 3-day workshop on design strategies utilizing "multi-agent" computational models, in collaboration with Saeed Arida and Kaustuv De Biswas.
Jun 06
WS-03
Workshop Organizer, Design Fabrication Workshop
TU Delft
Organized workshop on digital design-to-fabrication techniques, instructed by Larry Sass.
WS-02
Tutor, Smart Geometry
Led a series of annual week-long workshops focusing on parametric and generative design techniques for the Smart Geometry Conference and presented selected projects, prior to the shift in the format of this event to the peer-reviewed cluster model which was adopted in 2010.
Mar 09
San Francisco

Jan 07
New York

Jan 06
Cambridge, UK

WS-01
Tutor, Generative Components Workshop
Organized and tutored a series of workshops on Generative Components and presented selected projects at subsequent digital design symposium.
Oct 06
NLSO conference

Sep 06
Pratt Institute

Jun 06
Prague Academy of Fine Arts

Mar 06
Stevens Institute

Apr 05
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

May 05
Columbia University

Oct 05
Columbia University

invited lectures, presentations, and posters

As is the case in other subject areas in architectural design, it is an honor to be invited to present research and creative work at parallel institutions and to an audience of professionals in practice. Given my research focus, the presentations and lectures listed below take on a particular significance as they represent a critical interface between my research and its domain of application. In this way, they form an important indicator of the impact of my research on the cultural and social structures of design practice. Where a presentation is given in the context of the publication of a conference paper, the related paper is indicated.
Apr 17
"Fresh Eyes", Kuwait University College of Architecture
Presented a talk on the potentials and limits of machine learning in architectural design.
Oct 16
"Machine Learning and Evaluation", Session Chair, ACADIA Conference
Presented a talk on "Procedural Design", and moderated a subsequent discussion in Session 9 of the ACADIA conference.
May 16
"Spatial Behaviors of Individuals in Cities", Urban Internet of Things Conference
At this conference hosted by the University of Tokyo, we were awarded 'Best Poster' for the presentation of a range of case-studies of mapping and data tracking across urban scales.
Mar 15
"An Architecture of the Crowd", Tool() symposium, RISD
Presented work that explores the use of crowdsourced techniques in creative design.
Oct 14
"Data Agency Session Presentation", Session Chair, ACADIA Conference
Presented an essay on "Data Agency", and moderated a subsequent discussion in Session 6 of the ACADIA conference.
Oct 14
"Imperative, Functional, Object-Oriented", ACADIA Conference
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Presented case-study results of the use of Dhour, a bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit.
Jul 14
"The Data Made Me Do It", Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Presented to the San Francisco office of SOM a discussion of crowdsourced techniques in architectural design and urban analysis.
Jul 14
"The Data Made Me Do It", Gensler
Presented to members of the San Francisco office of Gensler a discussion of crowdsourced techniques in architectural design and urban analysis.
May 14
"The Data Made Me Do It", Stamen Design
Presented to Stamen Design a discussion of crowdsourced techniques in architectural design and urban analysis.
Sep 13
"Dhour", International Building Performance Simulation Association
Presented to the New York Chapter of IBPSA a discussion of Dhour, a bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit.
Oct 13
"Dhour", ACADIA Conference
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Presented case-study results of the use of Dhour, a bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit.
Aug 13
"Dhour", SOM Performative Design Group
Presented Dhour, a bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit.
May 13
"Decodes for Grasshopper", CAADRIA Conference
Singapore
Presented progress toward a visual-programming interface for the Decod.es geometry library.
May 13
"Dhour", Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Group
San Francisco
Presented a bioclimatic information design prototyping toolkit to industry group.
Jan 12
"Studiomaven", Autodesk Education Group
Presented an online platform that targets students of environmental design and facilitates the peer-to-peer exchange of representational techniques, software tutorials, and other skill-training material relevant to studio practice.
Nov 10
"Situated Bioclimatic Information Design", California College of the Arts
Presented selected design projects.
Oct 10
"Graphic Evaluative Frameworks", ACADIA Conference
New York, New York
Presented paper, Graphic Evaluative Frameworks.
Apr 10
"Reflective Toolcraft", Rhode Island School of Design
Presented selected computational design projects.
Mar 09
"Reflective Toolcraft", Bentley Enterprises Conference
Presented selected design projects at this algorithmic design research symposium organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory.
Mar 06
University of Pennsylvania
Presented selected computational design projects completed while at MIT.
Jun 06
Bentley Enterprises Conference
Presented selected computational design projects at Bentley's annual innovation summit in Prague, Czech Republic.
May 05
Bentley Research Seminar
Presented selected computational design projects completed while with Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.
Sep 05
eCAADe conference, Lisbon
Presented selected computational design projects completed while with Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.

professional service

While other organizations remain relevant, my professional service centers upon the leadership role I have taken in The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. ACADIA is regarded as the foremost organization in the world promoting research in digital design, and its stated aims hem closely to my own: "to facilitate communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture... with a particular focus on the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in design education".
Oct 16
PS-05
Session Chair, ACADIA 2016 Conference
Organized and moderated a session titled "Procedural Design: Machine Learning and Evaluation" at the 2016 ACADIA conference in Ann Arbor.
May 15
PS-04
Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Digital Humanities
Served as a Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Digital Architecture, a speciality of Frontiers in Built Environment and Digital Humanities.
Oct 14
PS-03
Session Chair, ACADIA 2014 Conference
Organized and moderated a session titled "Data Agency" at the 2014 ACADIA conference in Los Angeles.
Jan 15 - Jan 17
PS-02
Member, Board of Directors, ACADIA
Served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) as an 'alternate' member.
Oct 11 - Oct 12
PS-01
Technical Co-Chair, ACADIA 2012 Conference
Co-chaired the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). Along with Jason Kelly Johnson and Mark Cabrinha, determined and implemented the conceptual, technical, operational and social vision for the conference. Oversaw the peer-review process and ensured the quality of the conference proceedings.

professional affiliations

Remaining closely attuned to the details of practical application of design software is essential to my work. The primary mechanism by which I maintain a connection to practice is the professional organizations with which I am affiliated. Included below are purely professional organizations, as well as those that aim to facilitate productive interfaces between academics and professional practice.
Aug 14 - May 15
The Pier 9 Creative Projects Partnership program gives organizations a chance to work with technicians at Autodesk's Pier 9 in the development of creative or artistic work.
Apr 13 - Jun 15
The Building Performance Analysis Partnership Program supports a relatively low touch relationship between Autodesk and research teams working specifically on building energy performance.
Mar 13 - Present
Member, ACSA
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education through support of member schools, their faculty, and students.
May 08 - Present
Member, ACADIA
ACADIA facilitates communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in education.
May 06 - May 14
Member, Smart Geometry
Smart Geometry promotes the emergence of an algorithmic design paradigm in architectural practice, and fosters a community built on annual workshops and an international conference. As a "core" member from 2010-2012, I participated in organizational governance and service.
Sep 12 - Sep 14
Member, CAADRIA
The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) promotes teaching and research in CAAD in Asia, and has members on six continents. To promote research and teaching in CAAD that enhances creativity rather than production.
Apr 13 - Apr 14
Member, eCAADe
eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) is a non-profit making association of institutions and individuals with a common interest in promoting good practice and sharing information in relation to the use of computers in research and education in architecture and related professions.
Aug 11 - Sep 13
Member, Digital Fabrication Alliance
The Digital Fabrication Alliance is a professional organization that brings together architects, engineers, fabricators, and builders interested in promoting the use of digital tools in the construction industry.

peer review

Listed here is a selection of book manuscripts, journal submissions, and conference papers for which I have served as a peer-reviewer.
Jun 17
ACADIA Conference Proceedings (ACADIA 2017, Cambridge MA)
Jun 16
ACADIA Conference Proceedings (ACADIA 2016, Ann Arbor MI)
Mar 16
Bloomsbury Publishing (manuscript review)
Jun 15
ACADIA Conference Proceedings (ACADIA 2015, Cincinnati OH)
Dec 14
Association for CAAD Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2015)
Sep 14
Routledge (blind manuscript review)
Jun 14
Journal of Architectural Education (JAE Vol 69, No. 01)
Jun 14
Texas Architects Annual Convention (TxA 2014, Austin TX)
Jun 14
ACADIA Conference Proceedings (ACADIA 2014, Los Angeles CA)
Jan 14
Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD 2014, Tampa FL)
Jul 13
Texas Architects Annual Convention (TxA 2013, Austin TX)
Mar 13
Smart Geometry Conference (SG 2013, London)
Feb 13
Future Traditions Conference (eCAADe Regional Workshop 2013, Porto)

invited design juries

In architectural design, it is a distinction to serve on an invited jury of student design work at peer institutions. Those listed below represent a selection of institutions to which I have been invited to serve as an external reviewer over the last ten years.
California College of the Arts
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Kuwait University
Rhode Island School of Design
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania
Ohio State University
School of Architecture + Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ucb courses instructed

I teach two types of courses in the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley: core courses in design and architectural representation, and topical research studios and seminars in Design Computation. In the former category, I have organized much of the first semester of the MArch program through teaching courses comprising eight out of the twelve required credits in this semester (ARCH 200a & ARCH 200c) in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. During this time, I applied principles regarding the relationship between design and digital representation uncovered in my research to the core design curriculum. In the latter category, I have introduced advanced topics in the application of computation to architectural design through studio and seminar work (ARCH 205, ARCH 229, ARCH 202, ARCH 100d, and ARCH 101). The nature of architectural design studios is such that subject matter is not repeated from year-to-year. As such, unless otherwise indicated below, each studio course listed here may be regarded as a new course that I have developed for each year it was instructed. This largely holds true with seminar courses as well, although in some cases seminar content may repeat, and subject matter iteratively refined each year. Distinctions are noted below, and courses are ordered by frequency of instruction. For courses that centered on visual material, an online teaching portfolio may be found at http://teaching.ksteinfe.com/
Representational Practice in Architectural Design
ARCH 200c

Core seminar on architectural representation, required of MArch option three students.
I was the first to develop and instruct this core graduate seminar in 2011, and have been iteratively refining it each year since. The course seeks to cultivate an understanding of the foundational discourse and diversity of approaches to architectural representation; to develop a fluency in the canonical methods found in architectural practice; and to encourage the development of a personal relationship to forms of modeling and formats of drawing.
Fall 16
 

Fall 14
 

Fall 13
 

Fall 12
 

Fall 11
 

Architectural Design Studio
ARCH 200a

Core design studio, required of MArch option three students.
Introductory course in architectural design and theories for graduate students. Studio assignments are newly developed each year, and emphasize the major format, spatial, material, tectonic, social, technological, and environmental determinants of building form.
Fall 16
 

Fall 13
 

Fall 12
 

Fall 11
 

Graduate Seminar in Digital Design Theories and Methods
ARCH 229

Topical research seminar.
I was the first to develop and instruct this graduate seminar in 2013, and have been iteratively refining it in years since. Both a survey of contemporary theories and a treatment of foundational technical topics, this course aims to demystify design computation and prepare students to engage with computational tools and techniques as practicing architects. An account of contemporary practices is paired with a rigorous treatment of computational geometry and applied computer programming.
Spring 17
 

Spring 14
 

Spring 13
 

Building Performance and Visualization
ARCH 229

Topical research seminar.
Advanced simulation tools allow us to predict building performance with increasing accuracy while challenging conventional modes of architectural design practice. How can we visualize simulated data in a way that gives intuitive, nuanced feedback? How can we take advantage of computing power and scripting techniques to establish quick feedback loops between parametric analysis and iterative design? This seminar, which I initially developed in collaboration with Brendon Levitt, explores the potential of building performance simulation and data visualization to shape architectural design.
Spring 17
 

Spring 13
 

Studio One
ARCH 205

Topical research studio, required of MArch option one (Studio One) students.
Set in the larger context of the Studio One program, this studio shapes inquires into the contemporary status of global spaces of work in the context of the shift from industrial to cognitive-cultural societies. The application of data-driven design methods guides this investigation, including the use of generative, analytical, and optimization routines set in the service of the design of office space at a range of architectural scales. The setting of Silicon Valley and the broader Bay Area provides studio participants with a unique opportunity to forge radically new design paradigms.
Spring 15
 

Fall 14
 

Advanced Undergraduate Option Studio
ARCH 100d

Topical research studio, open to Undergraduate students in their final semester.
This studio, titled Significant Others, grapples with problems related to the integration of physical and digital form-finding techniques into creative architectural design. Embracing the schema of the formal design experiment, the course seeks to resolve the authoritative voice that is so often bestowed upon the results of form-finding processes with the traditional authorial voice of the designer. This is accomplished through a series of formal material experiments that undermine the uncompromising and imperative voice, and replace it with one of a range of potential alternative voices: double, foil, doppleganger, collaborator, trickster, confederate, and enemy.
Spring 17
 

Advanced Graduate Option Studio
ARCH 202

Topical research studio, open to MArch students.
Advanced architectural design studio seeking to explore emerging technologies and methods that supplant traditional models of design, and suggest a new deferred authorship found in complex systems and a distributed agency offered by co-authored works. The theme of work and play guide the investigations, both on methodological and programmatic levels - these include the analysis and design of existing structures of gaming, the hybridization of these games with precedent works of architecture that present idealized models of work, and the production of a co-authored parametric design system that utilizes crowd-sourcing technologies.
Spring 14
 

Turkers' Delight
ARCH 229

Topical research seminar.
The initial crisis of the digital in architectural design unfolded as traditional media became digital media. Now, as creative designers we might anticipate a new crisis on the horizon, as digital media becomes social media. The seminar turns on a question regarding design research methods in the digital age. We will ask what networked media might mean for design research and creative production. We look to understand how can it help us identify and design for publics, users, and subjects that have newly emerged or have been recently conjured by our networked society.
Spring 15
 

Case Studies in Architecture
ARCH 101

Topical research studio, open to undergraduate students of architecture.
Selected topics undergraduate studio: Imaging Architecture. If visual means of representation inevitably leave behind an imprint of their character on the architectural work, then what are the latent biases of our traditional means of representation? What new and more intentional biases may we invoke by more consciously deploying our means of representation?
Spring 11
 

Fundamentals of Architectural Design
ARCH 100a

Core design studio, required of undergraduate students of architecture.
Introductory course in the design of buildings. Problems emphasize conceptual strategies of form and space, site relationships and social, technological and environmental determinants.
Fall 10
 

mentorship

Guiding students through an engagement with the most urgent issues in the field today concerning digital design is an important part of my role as an academic. It is worth noting that a number of students I have worked with as a graduate thesis advisor were first introduced to the methods required for scholarly research as co-authors on many of the publications and research projects listed above. I consider this introduction to contributions to the discipline through design research an important part of student mentorship.

master of architecture thesis advising

Spring 17
Anlan Chen, Our/Place
Spring 17
Chenjian Zheng, Skinny Shenzhen
Spring 17
Lauren Yatar, If City Then [x,y,z]
Spring 16
Dongil Kim, De:flatable Bowad
Fall 15
SeoJoo Lee, Structural Negotiator in Political Territory
Spring 15
Jun Li, Not Standard
Spring 15
Kelsey Brennan, Not Exactly
Spring 15
Rudy Letsche, The City and the City
Spring 14
Luis Jaggy, The Feed
Spring 14
Levon Fox, Post-Post Office
Spring 13
Ned Reifenstein, Subject to Change
Spring 13
Peter Suen, A Balanced Architecture
Spring 13
Kristen Henderson, Evocative Relief
Spring 12
Nicholas Buccelli, Data Diving: Novel Adjacencies in Cloud Space
Spring 12
Michael Bergin, Housing Agency System (HAS)
Spring 11
Kyung Jin Han, Untitled
Spring 11
Chun Sing Kwan, Customizability in Residential Housing

master of urban design thesis advising

Spring 13
Ned Reifenstein, Subject to Change

doctor of philosophy advising

I have served as a committee member for a number of PhD students outside of the Department of Architecture, often advising students of Computer Science in work that suggests applications in design and architecture.
Summer 16
Pei-Yu Chi
Designing Video-Based Interactive Instructions
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
advisory role: Outside Member
Spring 15
Eric Lee Turner
3D Modeling of Interior Building Environments and Objects from Noisy Sensor Suites
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
advisory role: Outside Member
Spring 15
Nicholas Corso
Sensor Fusion and On-line Calibration of an Ambulatory Backpack System for Indoor Mobile Mapping
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
advisory role: Outside Member

graduate mentorship

Mentorship in professional design education moves beyond formal advising related to thesis. Listed here is a selection of graduate students for whom I have served as a research mentor in a less formal manner.
Dongil Kim, Peter Samuelson, Max Edwards

undergraduate mentorship

Undergraduate design education often does not require the production of a formal thesis, but offers other opportunities for student mentorship. Listed here is a selection of undergraduate students for whom I have served as mentor.
Khoa Vu, Jaclyn Berry, Jung In Seo, Anne Wei, Hannes Frykholm, Henry Stephens, Zaw Myat, Bernadette Ma, Alice Kao, Sean Phillips, Amy Hu

university service and administration

Detailed below are the administrative and service positions I have held at the departmental and college levels.

department-level service

Jul 16 - Jun 17
Member, Undergraduate Committee
Sep 14 - Sep 15
Faculty Adviser, GSI Affairs
Oct 13 - May 15
Director, 2014-2015 Studio One Degree Program
Jul 14 - Jun 15
Member, Undergraduate Committee
May 14 - Sep 14
Member, Branner Fellowship Committee
Reviewed applications for the Branner Travelling Fellowship, and recommended winning entries.
Jan 14 - Mar 14
Chair, 2014 Studio One Graduate Admissions Committee
Jul 13 - Jun 14
Member, Undergraduate Committee
Jan 12 - Jan 14
Chair, Committee on Representation and Visual Communications
Initiated the formation of a departmental service position whereby the management of all graduate student instructors teaching in the area of representation and visual communication is consolidated.
Jan 13 - Mar 13
Member, 2013 MArch Graduate Admissions Committee
Jan 12 - Mar 12
Member, 2012 MArch Graduate Admissions Committee
Jun 11
Member, Branner Fellowship Committee
Reviewed applications for the Branner Travelling Fellowship, and recommended winning entries.
Jan 11 - Mar 11
Member, 2011 MArch Graduate Admissions Committee
Jul 10 - Jun 11
Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Played a key role in assessing the existing BA in Architecture curriculum, and developing a proposal for revisions thereof.

college-level service

Aug 15 - May 17
Secretary of the Faculty, CED Executive Committee
Sep 13 - May 14
Member, Wurster Hall Studio Redesign Pilot
Consulted in the production of designs for the renovation of Wurster Hall studios.
Mar 13 - May 13
Member, Strategic Planning Round Two Task Force
Participated in the "Power Performance Analytics" group, tasked with developing a strategic plan for the College of Environmental Design.
Jan 13 - Mar 13
Member, Strategic Planning Round One Task Force
Participated in the "Future of Design" group, tasked with developing a strategic plan for the College of Environmental Design.
Oct 11
Member, Cal Design Lab Organizational Retreat
Provided feedback on lab activities to date, and developed ideas for future collaborations, pedagogical initiatives, and partnerships.
Sep 11 - Jun 13
Member, CED Website Redesign Committee
Consulted with web designer Oilpan in the redesign of the College of Environmental Design website.