Bachelor of Architecture, Auburn University, 2005
Bachelor of Interior Architecture (ARIA), Auburn University, 2005
Masters of Science in Architecture, Digital Design + Fabrication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010
Katherine Wright is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture. She teaches “Modeling: Model = Tool,” “Modeling: Generative Inquiries,” “Portfolio Workshop,” and architecture design studios in the Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture programs. She co-leads the Design Develop Build – Africa Summer study abroad program, teaching studios and courses on material culture and building. She is currently collaborating with The Pride School Atlanta in the design studio where students re-think how architecture responds to gender and equality.
An advocate for agency, she considers the “alternative” in architectural education. She examines how making influences the production of architectural ideas and culture – exploring no-traditional design methods. Research advances in twofold: first, by investigating how architectural ideas are formed as design-based problem solving and, second, through material based experiments in making and building by way of modeling, prototyping, fabrication, and on-site construction (Design/Build), which integrate multidisciplinary techniques and tools, such as textiles. Publications of her research and creative activity is in the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of International Architectural Computing, and the Journal of Behavioral Science.
The Design Develop Build – Africa program’s goals: to create social impact through design innovation; emphasize material re-use and research, sustainability and ethical practices by integrating local culture and building traditions; and create holistic learning experiences for students to embody the power of design. Projects include the Midwives Quarters Have (Ghana) and the Guga S’Thebe Children’s Theater (South Africa). Project publications include AIT (Architecture Interior Technical Solutions) and Earthworks magazine, and the Journal of Architectural Education; and are the recipient of numerous awards, including Honorable Mention in Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards in the international and multi-disciplinary category of Social Good, and a 2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Award for excellence in public interest design. Within this partnership Wright co-lead the Responsive Architectures session at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice, 2016).
Invited academic positions include Visiting Lecturer at the Welch School of Design, Georgia State University (2015-16); Visiting Adjunct Professor at Auburn University (2013); and Visiting Adjunct Professor at Kennesaw State University (2011). In practice, Wright worked as a designer and project architect for Gensler on both the west and east coast in the hospitality, retail, and workplace studios covering all phases of design and construction (2005-2009). Previously, she worked on residential projects as a designer for Alabama based practices of McAlpine (formerly McAlpine Tankersley Architecture, Inc.) and Architect Gaines Blackwell (2002-2005).
Baerlecken, D., Wright, K., Reitz, J., Mueller, N., & Heiermann, B. (2016). Performative Agency of Materials: Matter Agency of Vernacular African Pattern Systems. CADDRIA, Melbourne, 30 March–2 April (pp. 641-650). http://papers.cumincad.org/cgi-bin/works/Show?caadria2016_641
Baerlecken, D., Reitz, J., Wright, K., Mueller, N., & Heiermann, B. (2016). Agency of Materials. ACSA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 17-19 March (pp. 43-45). http://www.acsa-arch.org/docs/default-source/104/project-proceedings.pdf?sfvrsn=8
Wright, K. B. (2014). Pass the Can. Journal of Architectural Education, 68(1), 47-49. Category: Design as Scholarship, Pre-Fabrications: Micro-Narratives on Architecture's Material Culture. [doi: 10.1080/10464883.2013.865467] http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10464883.2013.865467
Wright, K., & Bafna, S. (2014). Structure of Attention and the Logic of Visual Composition. Behavioral Sciences, 4(3), 226-242. Special Issue: Spatial Cognition and Behavior. MDPI AG: Basel, Switzerland. [doi: 10.3390/bs4030226] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4219270/
Baerlecken, D., & Wright, K. B. (2014). Nominalized Matter: Agency of Material. International Journal of Architectural Computing, 12(3), 339-356. Special Issue: Design Agency: Pluri-disciplinary Models in Design Research and Architecture. [doi: 10.1260/1478-07126.96.36.1999] http://jac.sagepub.com/content/12/3/339.abstract
Johnson, K. W., & Bafna, S., (2013). Structure of Attention and the Logic of Visual Composition. Space Syntax Symposium, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea, 31 October-03 November (75, pp.1-12). Category: Spatial Cognition and Behaviours. [ISBN: 978-89-86177-21-3] http://www.sss9.or.kr/paperpdf/scb/sss9_2013_ref075_p.pdf
Baerlecken, D., & Johnson, K. (2013). Nominalized Matter: Generative Textiles Procedures. SIGraDi, Valparasíso, Chile, 20 - 22 November (pp. 515-519). [ISBN: 978-956-7051-86-1] http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?sigradi2013_347.
Baerlecken, D., Johnson, K., & Vialard, A. (2013). Mobilized Materials: Textile Constructs. CAADRIA, Singapore, 15-18 May (pp. 333-342). http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?caadria2013_210.
Winner – 2017 DesignBuildXchange Network Award, Public Interest Design (Guga S’Thebe Children’s Theater), by Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, designbuildXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design, Portland, Oregon.
Jury Winner – A+ Awards, Architecture+Learning (Guga S’Thebe Children’s Theater), by Architizer (2017)Jury Winner – A+ Awards, Architecture+Collaboration (Guga S’Thebe Children’s Theater), by Architizer (2017)
Honorable Mention - 2016 Innovation by Design Awards, Category: Social Good (Guga S’Thebe Children’s Theater), by Fast Company, New York, USA.
1st Prize – AIT Award, Best in Interior and Architecture 2016 by Architecture Interior Technical Solutions (AIT)
1st Prize – 2016 Best Worldwide Prize, AIT Award, Best in Interior and Architecture 2016 by Architecture Interior Technical Solutions (AIT)
Paper Award, Best in Theme (Spatial Cognition + Behavior) for Structure of Attention and the Logic of Visual Composition (Wright & Bafna, 2013) – 9th International Space Syntax Symposium, Seoul, Nov. 2013
ARCH 8856 – Advanced Architectural Design Studio I
ARCH 4012/3012 – Vertical Design Studio II
ARCH 2011/2012 – Architecture Design Studio I & II
ARCH 8833/4833 – Modeling: Generative Inquiries
ARCH 8833/4833 – Modeling: Model = Tool
ARCH 8833/4833 – Portfolio Workshop
ARCH 8823/4823 – History, Theory, Culture: Africa
ARCH 8806, 4801/4805 – Design Develop Build: Africa
Design Methods, Form-Finding, Making, Cognition and Behavior, Visualization, Architectural Models, Prototyping, Fabrication, Textiles, Design/Build