Faculty and Staff
The School has a Core Faculty of four instructors: President Chris Lasch, Dean Stephanie Lin, Matthew Trzebiatowski, AIA, and Ron Geren, AIA. These teachers not only oversee required courses, but also act as mentors and faculty advisors during a student’s entire time at the School.
Because we are so small and so intense, you also have access to teachers and advisors, as well as visiting lecturers and critics, in a direct, nearly continual manner. At one faculty for every three or four students, our instruction ratio is higher than that in any other graduate program of architecture in the United States.
We have a wide network of practitioners and experts who visit on a regular basis and the School attracts leading designers and thinkers to share their work and thoughts in our lecture series. During their lecture visits they often also give workshops and critiques and, as they stay on campus, are available on an informal basis as well.
Visiting and Part Time Instructors
In addition to our Core Faculty, the School also draws on a community of experts in fields as diverse as theory, furniture making, theater, and law to give students a broad overview of the knowledge and background they need to succeed in the field. Visiting Teaching Fellows bring fresh perspectives to the studio every year.
Chris Lasch, President
Chris Lasch is a teacher, practitioner, and researcher dedicated to experimental architecture. Established in 2003 with Benjamin Aranda, his studio Aranda\Lasch approaches design through a deep investigation of structure and materials. Recognition includes the United States Artists Award, Young Architects Award, Design Vanguard Award, AD Innovators, and the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award. Their early projects are the subject of the best-selling architecture book, Pamphlet Architecture 27: Tooling. Aranda\Lasch has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs and biennials. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York and the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Chris Lasch is based in Tucson, AZ and is President of the School of Architecture.
Stephanie Lin, Dean
Stephanie Lin is the principal of Present Forms based in New York and co-founder of design collaborative Office III. Her practice combines artistic and architectural modes of thinking, ranging in scale from buildings and interiors to installations and objects. Prior to her position at The School of Architecture, Stephanie was an Assistant Professor Adjunct at the Cooper Union where she taught studios investigating relationships of form, type and program, as well as representation courses in imaging and animation. She has also taught at UC Berkeley, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University GSAPP. In tandem with teaching and individual practice, Stephanie has participated in numerous collaborations including her ongoing work with Office III which she founded with Sean Canty and Ryan Golenberg. In 2017 the three were finalists in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and completed the Governors Island Welcome Center in New York that same year. Stephanie’s work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, NY), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York, NY), A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Los Angeles, CA), cneai= (Paris, France), as well as at a number of universities. Stephanie received her B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and her M.Arch AP from Harvard GSD.
Ronald L. Geren
Ronald L. Geren, FCSI, AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSC, SCIP, is the owner and principal of RLGA Technical Services, LLC, a specifications and building code consulting firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, which includes projects covering many building types such as residence halls, classroom and office buildings, libraries, multifamily residential, commercial office and retail, religious, theaters, and military.
Ron is the author of Applying the Building Code: Step-by-Step Guidance for Design and Building Professionals (Wiley, 2016), a book written about integrating code compliance in the design process.
In addition to his consulting practice and teaching, Ron is a member of several organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Construction Specifications Canada, the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice, the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Building Technology Educators’ Society. In addition to his memberships, Ron is a member of AIA’s Codes and Standards Committee and a member of CSI’s Academic Programs Committee, each at the national level. He is a former board chair of CSI and a past chair of AIA’s MasterSpec Architectural Review Committee.
Ron is a Fellow of CSI, a Certified Construction Specifier, a Certified Construction Contract Administrator, and a Certified Building Plans Examiner.
Matthew G Trzebiatowski, AIA, LEED ap earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) in 1997. Trzebiatowski is a licensed architect in Arizona and Wisconsin, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, a Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture (SoA), and an Assistant Lecturer at The University of Arizona (UoA) in Tucson. Trzebiatowski, who founded blank studio design + architecture in 2006, has won numerous awards for the design work of his studio and was nominated for the prestigious Marcus Prize for Architecture in 2017. The work is published frequently in periodicals such as GA Houses, Architectural Record, DETAIL, Dwell, Blueprint, and Domus.
blank studio design + architecture was created to honor the capacity for architecture to challenge, inspire and elevate design awareness in an environment that is directed toward increasingly simplistic and synthetic solutions: the design process centers upon investigation and synthesis, the experiential use of space, an authentic expression of materiality, and the engagement of the senses. Within this inclusive method of design, blank studio endeavors through its work, to transcend meaninglessness and create that which is a testimony to the potential of the designed environment.
Current Visiting Teaching Fellow
Daniel Simon Ayat is a Lebanese-American artist, writer, and educator based in New York City. His work analyzes the political aesthetics of the everyday and the history of public hygiene. He has conducted research on the history of sewerage technology, the development of public toilet networks, the place of the agricultural hinterland in the social imagination, and the value of waste and the legacy of the junk aesthetic.
From 2016 to 2018, he was a visiting assistant professor in Humanities and Media Studies at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. He taught on the AA’s Visiting School program in Lyngør, Norway from 2015 to 2019. He holds an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford and an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. He also has an MA in the Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association in London, where he assisted in the History and Theory Studies department from 2010-2012.
Past Teaching Fellows
Brendan Sullivan Shea
Stephanie Sang Delgado
Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski
Cristina Murphy & Andrea Bertassi
2021 - 2022 Part-time Faculty
Trevor Barger is the Founder and CEO of Espiritu Loci Incorporated, Arizona’s preeminent land planning firm and a Principal at Arizona Strategies, a premier land use strategy consultancy. As a former apprentice of Vern Swaback, Trevor practices and teaches placemaking with focus on human relationships and connections that create the spirit of each place, from an infill utility project to a master planned community. His clients and students benefit from his multidisciplinary approach and emphasis on building long-lasting relationships.
Trevor is the youngest Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Certified Urban Designer. He holds a B.S. in Design, Focus Housing and Urban Development from ASU and a Master of Science in Planning from U of A. As Associate Faculty in Housing and Urban Development at ASU and Adjunct Faculty in Urbanism at TSOA, he teaches:
- Real Estate Development
- Housing and Community Design
- Creative Placemaking
Terry Kerr leads a double life as a theater artist and an arts administrator.
She is an actress and director, and a Teaching Artist for Arts for All and Disney Musicals in the Schools. She has taught theatre skills to students from preschool to Masters programs. A member of the inaugural acting company at American Players Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin, she performed with the company for twelve seasons in works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Moliere, and Marlow. She has directed traditional plays and created original devised works.
As an arts administrator, Terry has served as Education Director at the Children’s Theater of Madison, and as Director of Education Development at First Act Children’s Theater. She currently manages the volunteer program and children’s programming at the Wisconsin Film Festival and operates the gallery and education program at Arts Lab, Spring Green.
- Theater Performance, Shakespeare and Presentation.
- Studio I and Summer Design Discovery
- Landscape Architecture Workshop
- Chief Financial Officer
- Academic Coordinator
- IT Manager