BArch, 1999, University of Adelaide, Australia; MFA, 2004, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Non-Degree Studies, 2006, Simon Fraser University, Canada. Licenses: Netherlands; Illinois. Professional: Busby Perkins & Will Vancouver (2008); Skidmore Owings & Merrill Chicago (2005); Wood & Zapata Boston (2000). Exhibitions: Architectural League of NY; Center for Architecture AIANY; Museum Of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; XIII International Architectural Biennial, Santiago, Chile; First International Architectural Biennial, Miami. Publications: Mark Magazine; Discovery Science Channel; CNN; Economist; BBC; Wired News; Zeit Wissen; Balkon Contemporary Art Magazine Budapest; Prophesy Magazine.

Experience at SAIC

I feel privileged to teach at this moment in the history of architecture when so much change is in the air. Often intermixed with technological change I believe that this shift is inspired by completely fresh sets of values held by emerging practitioners in combination with the methods they craft. Such methods often exploit increasingly explicit connections between data, intuition and the decisions made in contemporary practice. SAIC is proving itself to be a great incubator of change within the field of architecture and certainly pushes its students and faculty to explore the ways in which practices touch new processes, media and methods for making and thinking. It is only from a context like the one provided at SAIC that we truly advance and make substantial contributions to the advancement of practice.

Personal Statement

Tristan has been recognized for his work on the production of methods that tie the geometry of a building directly to its performance through form, structure and material composition. In particular he has been recognized for work in structural shape change and the role that shape plays in building optimization for low energy design.

Recognition has come in the form of exhibitions, publications and awards. Exhibitions include the Center for Architecture AIA New York (Make it Work - 22 Jan - 25 April 2009), Architectural League of NY (Toward the Sentient City, Open Archive: 17 Sept - 7 Nov 2009), The Art Institute of Chicago (The Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Architecture, 1989/2011: 11 Feb – 20 May 2012), Economist Magazine, Wired, BBC World Service, ABC Radio National.

Awards: The Kalil Endowment for Smart Design, at the Parsons School of the Constructed Environment (2012); The AIA Chicago, Dubin Family Young Architect Award (2011); The AIA Chicago Award of Design Excellence for Unbuilt Work (special recognition, 2011); The Chicago Architectural Club's Emerging Visions Award (2005); NCERC (2004); The Schiff Fellowship in Architecture (2003).

Speaking: The International Symposium of Building Dynamics (2013); The Economist Magazine's Intelligent Infrastructure Conference (2011).

Current Interests

Two years ago I decided to shift my focus away from more traditional modes of design (for example, the design of projects for clients) to make cutting edge software tools for everyone to use in the design of more sustainable buildings. This move was inspired by the realization that traditional modes of architectural practice weren't responding quickly enough to the massive ecological and resource consumption problems faced by society.


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