Carnegie Mellon University

Kristen Kurland

Kristen Kurland

Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems and Public Policy, School of Architecture, Heinz College, Heinz College

  • B23 126
4800 Forbes Avenue 412-268-4512
Hamburg Hall 2101C
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Kristen Kurland, a Teaching Professor in Architecture and the H. John Heinz III College, teaches technology courses Advanced CAD, BIM, and 3D Animation, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM). At the Heinz College, Professor Kurland also advises Health Care Policy and Management system synthesis projects and teaches Infrastructure Management to physician executives in their Master of Medical Management program. She has a strong focus on distance education and has been teaching through this vehicle for many years.


Professor Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in health, the built environment, and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She works closely with CMU’s Heinz College, School of Architecture, and Civil and Environmental Engineering colleagues and students on health, urban design, economic development, sustainability, and IT issues. She actively collaborates with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and many public health departments.



  • Board of Trustees, Carnegie Mellon University (2014-2016)
  • Andrew Carnegie Society – Past President, Carnegie Mellon University (2016-present)
  • Andrew Carnegie Society – President, Carnegie Mellon University (2014-2016)
  • Andrew Carnegie Society, Executive Board, Carnegie Mellon University (2010-present)
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, Central Appalachian Chapter, Past President (2000)
  • Greater Pittsburgh ARCHIBUS/FM Users Group
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Cornerstones Member, SEER, Water QUEST Faculty Member


  • Chapter 5: Geographic Information Systems in Health, Public Health Intelligence: Issues of Measure and Method, Krishna Regmi  and Ivan Gee (Editors), (2016)
  • GISTutorial 1 : Basic Workbook Sixth Edition, with Wil Gorr, Esri Press, (2016)
  • GISTutorial for Health,Fifth Edition, with Wil Gorr, Esri Press, (2014)
  • GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis, with Wil Gorr, Esri Press, (2011)
  • Learning and Using GIS: ArcGIS Edition, with Wil Gorr, Thomson Learning: Course Technology, (2006)
  • Learning and Using GIS: ArcExplorer Edition, with Wil Gorr, Thomson Learning: Course Technology, (2005)