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Jeff Ponitz

Position Assistant Professor
Phone 805.756.1316
Fax 805.756.1500
Email jponitz@calpoly.edu
Office 34-220F
Office Hours T 9:00-11:00am
Th 4:00-6:00pm
F 12:00-1:00pm
Web Page TBD
Fall Courses 2012 ARCH 251 Architectural Design 2.1
ARCH 461 Advanced Computer-Aided Fabrication in Architecture
Winter Courses 2013 ARCH 252 Architectural Design 2.2
Spring Courses 2013 TBD
 

Areas of Expertise

Digital Fabrication
Parametric Design
Beginning Design Pedagogy

Profile

Jeff holds a B.S. in Architecture and an M.Arch with distinction from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI, as well as a Post-Professional Master of Architecture with digital fabrication concentration from the University of Virginia. As a lecturer at the University of Virginia, Jeff coordinated the second year design studios from 2009-2010, and taught graduate seminars on digital design and fabrication. Prior to teaching at the University of Virginia, he practiced as a designer in the Chicago offices of Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz and Valerio, Dewalt, Train, working on projects known for their innovative use of materials and technology to drive environmental performance.

Jeff's research focuses on the strategic integration of existing and emerging methodologies of design, representation, and fabrication. His work is driven by a passion for making and working with his hands, a belief in technology's capacity to inform and augment that practice, and a healthy skepticism of digital media's current impact on architectural education and practice. Through the incorporation of parametric modeling and computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) manufacturing into the design-build process, his work addresses the economic, environmental, and experiential performance of the built environment. Jeff's work in design, research, and teaching has received awards at the state and national levels, and has been published in peer-reviewed venues.

At Cal Poly, Jeff will teach in the second year design and practice sequence, as well as in his Advance Computer-Aided Fabrication seminar. This seminar, which will bridge the undergraduate and graduate programs, will integrate parametric software, computer-numerical-controlled manufacturing, and traditional tools to develop an understanding of materials and assemblies.

Education

Post-Professional Master of Architecture with digital fabrication concentration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2008
Master of Architecture with Distinction, Taubman College of Architecture+ Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2004

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture+ Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, Fall 2008-2011, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, Fall 2007-Spring 2008, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA

Graduate Student Instructor, Taubman College of Architecture Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Winter 2004

Registration

All required hours of practice completed, testing in progress.

Scholarship

Selected Publications

"Making as a Form of Exploration." ACSA Conference Proceedings, March 2011
Cover, Inform: Architecture + Design in the Mid-Atlantic, Vol. 20, special issue, 2009
"Caffeinated Design." Inform: Architecture + Design in the Mid-Atlantic, Vol. 20, No. 5, 2009
"18th Annual Inform Awards." Inform: Architecture + Design in the Mid Atlantic, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2009
"deMaterialized deLight: Manufacturing Phenomena." lunch, Vol. 4, April 2009

Awards and Grants

ACSA Collaborative Practice Award, Gita Primary School with UVA ARCH 402, 2010-2011
AIA Education Honor Award, Gita Primary School with UVA ARCH 402, 2010
Virginia Society AIA Merit Award, Compression Screen, 2009
Public Service Fellowship, University of Virginia School of Architecture, 2008
2nd Place, ArchVoices National Essay Competition, 2008
Alumni Scholarship, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, 2002-2003

Lectures

"Making as a Form of Exploration" for ACSA Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, 8/11
"Computation and Fabrication" of Olio, Presented by Central Virginia AIA, Charlottesville, VA, 2/27/09

Professional Experience

Designer, Toolpath,LLC Design + Digital Fabrication, Charlottesville, VA, 12/07-present
Designer, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago, IL, 11/04-5/07