Jeff Balmer is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture. He completed his Bachelor of Environmental Studies (1989) and Bachelor of Architecture (1992) from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Architecture from Iowa State University in 1998. His scholarship engages Beginning Design education, and includes a focus on the history and practice of the architectural diagram. His teaching focuses on Beginning Design, writing for architects, and history, including "from Auschwitz to Zapruder: Mapping the Midcentury" - an advanced seminar in Postwar cultural history. He has led international study abroad programs for more than 25 years.
In 2018, he published the second edition of ‘Diagramming the Big Idea: Methods for Architectural Composition’ with colleague Michael Swisher (Routledge Press).
In 2018, Balmer inaugurated the SoA’s annual study abroad program in Rome, providing Fourth Year undergraduate students with a capstone experience in their final semester before graduating.