Doug Jackson

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Position Assistant Professor


Fax 805.756.1500
Office 186-A305
Office Hours T. 2:00-5:00pm
Th 3:00-5:00pm
Fall Courses 2012 ARCH 481 Senior Arch Design Project
ARCH 492 Senior Design Thesis
Winter Courses 2013 ARCH 420 Seminar in Arch History, Theory & Criticism
ARCH 481 Sr. Architectural Design Project
Spring Courses 2013 TBD

Areas of Expertise

Architectural Design
Transformable Architecture


Doug Jackson is an architect and a professor of architecture whose work focuses on the potential of creataive use-transformation of architectural form and space, with the intent of making the physical environment more engaging and relevant to contemporary digital - and network - culture. Doug served as a design principal along with Wes Jones in the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed office of Jones, Partners: Architecture (J,P:A), whose innovative work was widely exhibited and was featured in numerous national and international publications, including the monographs Instrumental Form and El Segundo, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1998 and 2007 respectively.

During his tenure with J,P:A Doug was responsible for both the design and management of a variety of projects, including the Confluence Point Bridges and Ranger Station in San Jose, the Andersen Consulting Corporate Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, the India Basin Technical Center in San Francisco, the Shuffle installation at Sci-Arc in Los Angeles, and the HSI Productions Satellite Office in Culver City. He was also the graphic designer for the firm’s award-winning monograph, Instrumental Form, the graphic director for its follow-up monograph, El Segundo, and the author of the firm’s patent for its Residential Program Deck (PRO/dek) system (US Patent No. 6,526,702 B2).

In addition, Doug has maintained an independent design practice whose work has been featured in numerous publications, and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally - most recently in the SOUPERgreen exhibition at the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles, which he both organized and participated in.

At Cal Poly Doug currently teaches 5th Year Thesis Design Studio. Previously, Doug has taught design studios at both the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (as the Hyde Chair of Excellence).


MArch, Princeton University, 2000
BArch, Virginia Tech, 1993

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2008–present
Hyde Chair of Excellence, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2007–2008
Graduate Thesis Advisor and Studio Instructor, SCI-Arc, 2004–2005
Studio Instructor, OTIS College of Art and Design, 2003


Registered Architect, California


Selected Publications:

  • “Sun and Wind Elementals,” GA Houses 125 (March 2012)
  • “Uneasy Green: The Value of a Semi-Autonomous, Productively Critical Green Architecture,” Digital Aptitudes, ed. Mark Goulthorpe and Amy Murphy (ACSA, 2012)
  • “Trans-form: The Problem with Architectural Form in Contemporary Culture,” Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 1 (Common Ground Publishing, May 2011)
  • “Blink House,” GA Houses 120 (March 2011)
  • “Trans-Form: An Alternative to Formal Perfection in Architecture,” Where Do You Stand, ed. Alberto Peréz-Goméz, Anne Cormier, and Annie Pedret (ACSA, 2011)
  • “The Elementals,” GA Houses 115 (March 2010)
  • “Survival Form: Architecture’s Disciplinary Tragedy,” Edinburgh Architecture Research, vol. 32 (2009)
  • “Wiki-tecture: The Drape Artist Residence and Gallery,” The Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 63, no. 1 (October 2009)
  • “Wormhole House,” GA Houses 109 (March 2009)
  • “Wiki-tecture: Architecture, Value, and the Digital Age,” The Value of Design, ed. Mark Gillem and Phoebe Crisman (ACSA, 2009)
  • “Wiki-tecture: An Open-Content Model for Architecture,” Proceedings of the ACSA West Central Regional Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign School of Architecture (2008)
  • “Architectural Agility,” In.Form: The Journal of Architecture, Design, and Material Culture, vol. 8 (April 2008)
  • “DRAPE Artist Residence and Gallery,” GA Houses 103 (March 2008)
  • “Architectural Agility: Re-tooling Architecture for a Society on the Move” in Seeking the City: Visionaries on the Margins, ed. Dietmar Froehlich and Michaele Pride (ACSA, 2008)
  • El Segundo, Jones, Partners: Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007)