BS, Architecture, 2009, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.Arch, 2015, Rice University. Publications: SOILED (Founder & Editor-in-Chief); "A Call for Caricatures" (Log 39, 2017); "Creatures Afield: Drawing the Dioramatic Caricature," Drawing Futures, The Bartlett, 2016); "Friendly Characters," (ACSA Fall Conference Proceedings, 2015); "Animate Architecture: 12 Reasons to Get Into Character" (Log 33, 2015); "Pregnant Poché," (PLAT, #4.0, 2014); "On the Fence," (Cite, 2014); "Junkverbage," (CLOG #6 Rem, 2014); "Post-Post-Occupancy" (POST Magazine, #4, 2014); "A Casting Call for Affectual Characters," (Pidgin, #16, 2013). Awards: Darden Award for Best M.Arch Thesis (Rice University, 2015); 3rd Place, Blank Space's Fairy Tales Competition (2014); Morris R. Pitman Travel Fellowship (2014).

Personal Statement

Joseph Altshuler is an architectural designer, writer, and founding editor of SOILED, a periodical of architectural stories that makes a mess of the built environment and the politics of space. Joseph is also a founding partner of Could Be Architecture, an architectural design practice that explores storytelling, humor, and character in architecture. Previously, Joseph practiced at offices including Landon Bone Baker Architects in Chicago, Interloop—Architecture in Houston, and ArchitectureIsFun in Chicago. Joseph is the co-author and editor (with Julia Sedlock) of the forthcoming book Creatures Are Stirring: Toward an Animate Architecture.


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