AIA, Associate Professor, Director: Digital Fabrication Lab
Jeremy Ficca is an Associate Professor of Architecture and founding Director of the Digital Fabrication Laboratory [dFAB] in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Jeremy’s award winning teaching, research and practice focuses on the convergence of tectonics, materiality and digital technologies and their relationship to contemporary culture. Of particular interest is the transformative potential of everyday materials through computational means. Jeremy's professional practice and research operates across multiple scales, from object to building and utilizes emergent digital workflows to explore opportunities for a reinvigorated understanding of architecture’s material and cultural potential.
Jeremy’s creative work and innovative teaching have been published in Matter, Digital Fabrications and The Journal of Architectural Education. Jeremy has spoken internationally on the topics of digital design, materiality and pedagogy and his work has been exhibited at the Municipal Art Society of New York, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh and various other venues across North America. Jeremy’s built and un-built work has been recognized with two AIA design awards and an ACSA design award. His teaching innovation and excellence has been acknowledged with a Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award; an ACSA National Young Faculty Teaching Award and an NC State University College of Design Teaching Award.
Jeremy teaches in the foundation design curriculum, serving as a coordinator of a second year design studio focused on architecture’s material presence and performance. Jeremy also teaches advanced design studios exploring material behavior and emergence, performance and poeticism, and the role of the prototype in the design process. These design research studios are sponsored through funding from the Alcoa Foundation and utilize methods of digital and robotic fabrication in service to reciprocal processes of design and production. Jeremy has led courses on Carlo Scarpa in Northern Italy, and the progression of modernism in Switzerland, Germany and France.
Jeremy is a licensed architect in the states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina and holds a post-professional Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University Jeremy was an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University.