School of Architecture Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2023

The School of Architecture expands the intellectual diversity of its faculty with two new faculty appointments. Patrick Kastner brings his expertise in systems thinking to the areas of environmental performance simulation and the decarbonization of buildings and cities. Christina Shivers joins us as our 2023 Ventulett NEXT Fellow bringing her unique perspective on the intersection of environmental and economic thought through design.

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Patrick Kastner

Assistant Professor

Patrick Kastner joined Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor of Architecture in 2023. With a background in systems engineering, his goal is to empower architects and urban designers with software tools that place sustainability at the forefront of the profession. During his doctoral research, he developed Eddy3D, a microclimate modeling software toolkit for Rhino & Grasshopper, now adopted by leading institutions in both academia and practice.

After completing his Ph.D., Kastner continued his work with the Environmental Systems Lab at Cornell AAP as a postdoctoral associate. There he provided decision support for the Ithaca Green New Deal to accelerate efforts to decarbonize Ithaca's building stock. He previously taught at Cornell, UPenn, and Thomas Jefferson University.

Originally from Germany, Kastner holds a M.S. in Sustainable Building Science from TU Munich, and a B.S. in Energy Engineering from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. While in Munich, he was fortunate enough to study at the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) and enjoyed his time leading the operations team at TEDxTUM.

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Christina Shivers

2023 Ventulett NEXT Fellow

Christina Shivers is an academic, architect, and musician whose research broadly focuses on the intersection of environmental and economic thought specifically within the design disciplines.

Her Ph.D. dissertation investigated the interconnection of design and resource extraction in Canada and the United States by researching the history of surface mining and land reclamation. This work developed an analysis of the ways in which the architectural, landscape and planning professions influenced environmental policy at the national and international scales. Shivers is also a visual artist and electronic musician.

Shivers has a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Music Theory and Performance from Florida State University, a Masters of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


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