Chris Jarrett

Professor of Architecture
CCB 711

Faculty Research Connections Profile

Chris Jarrett is Professor of Architecture, Co-Director of the designLAB and President of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). From 2009-2019, he served as Founding Director of the School of Architecture. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the mutually constructed if often contested relationship between environment and culture. He is author of numerous papers and presentations, including Critical Ecologies (2020), Alexander Houses x7: Steel Prefab in the Low Desert (2018), New Housing Ecologies: Compact Spatial Ordering Systems to Support Sustainability (2014), Incremental Initiatives: Global Programming x6 (2014), Sustainable Design Revisited: Building Sound Neighborhood Green Strategies (2011), PowerHouse (2009), Eco-Transit at Hulsey Yards (2005), and Social Practice: Design Education and Everyday Life (2000). His research and pedagogical collaborations have been presented in 29 countries. His work has been published in ArchitectureProgressive ArchitectureDetail (Germany), On Diseno (Spain), Laras (Indonesia), JA (Japan), the Discovery Channel, CBS News, CNN and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently working on two books: Architecture, Culture and Ecology and Akihisa Hirata: Living with Nature. He has received grants from the US Department of Energy, US Department of Education, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. He has secured extramural funding in excess of $1,000,000 in support of his collaborative research and multi-disciplinary design-build projects from The Southern Company, Green Habitats Foundation, Aloca, BP Solar, Beazer Homes, SunPower, Ingersoll Rand, Electrolux, and Home Depot. He has won several design awards from the AIA and ACSA, as well as First Place in the Shinkenchiku-Sha International Design Competition, sponsored by the Central Glass Company in Tokyo; Second Prize in the New York Affordable Housing Challenge; Merit Award from AIA North Carolina for Urban Housing: Design Ideas Competition; Second Place in the House for the Next Millennium Competition sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; and a Young California Architect's Award from the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco, among others. He has been part of two award-winning US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon teams and was US Director of a global cities design research initiative addressing the rehabilitation of post-industrial sites jointly funded by the US Department of Education and the European Union. He led the 2007 Solar Decathlon Project for Georgia Tech, which received the BP Solar Award for Innovation and an AIA/Atlanta COTE Award. He was co-curator of Terrain Vague: Photography, Architecture, and the Post-Industrial Landscape, an exhibit of contemporary urban landscape photographers at the Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He was also US Director of the International Architectural Educational Exchange (IAEE), a global cities initiative jointly funded by the US Department of Education and the European Union. He has organized numerous symposia, panels and events and served as Chair of The Visibility of Research (2013), a three-day, peer-reviewed national conference on architectural research. His teaching engages a range of polemical ideas in environmental theory and practice, including urban ecocriticism, environmental art, post-modern environmentalism, green tectonics, and new media + ecology. He is past-recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. He currently teaches the Diploma Studio, an undergraduate liberal studies course in arts and society, and a summer study abroad program in Tokyo that include collaborations with faculty and students from Fukuoka University and Meiji University. He has previously taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ecole Nationale Superiure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette, and the University of Southern California.