Kyle Talbott, Associate Professor

Bio
Kyle Talbott is an Associate Professor of Architecture and a founding partner of dF Workshop, a multidisciplinary design, prototyping and fabrication shop. Professor Talbott’s recent applied research uses parametric fabrication techniques to alter off-the-shelf building components. The result is mutated systems of construction that are exotic and cheap. Professor Talbott currently conducts two lines of basic research. One examines the special kind of experimentation used by fabricators to achieve their aesthetic intentions. The research identifies how fabricators successfully control a complex material world, a world that is inherently opaque and unruly, resistant to their intentions. In the other line of research, he investigates the affect of architecture on human actions, searching for a definitive answer to the question of choice in architecture. To what extent does an inhabitant choose his actions while occupying a place, and to what extent are his actions mandated by the walls around him? Architects need moral and aesthetic guidance on this fundamental question, guidance that transcends the reductive claims popular throughout the 20th century.

Education
Texas A&M University, Master of Architecture, 1993
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Environmental Design, magna cum laude, 1991

Research Focus
Design studio, emerging digital technologies and contemporary design theory

Courses
Arch 390/790 Digital Design
Arch 497/797 Study Abroad: Design Studio
Arch 497/797 Study Abroad: Arch History and Theory
Arch 497/797 Study Abroad: Independent Study
Arch 583 Advanced Topics in Digital Design (generative and instrumental scripting)
Arch 781 Virtual Modeling (parametric modeling and visualization)
Arch 815 Studies in Architectural Technology and Theory (digital fabrication studio) - Microcosm
Arch 875 Studies in Facility Planning and Design (human/architecture interaction studio)

Selected Work
“Menomonee Valley Pavilion,” Architecture Now!: Volume 7, Taschen: London, with Barkow Leibinger Architects, accepted for publication.
Read More

Milne Archeological Exhibit, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2010, with Jonathan Goldstein and dF Workshop.

Fragments & Refinements, Gallery of Architecture and Urbanism, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April-May 2010.

FEEDBACK LOOP: Designing Complex Architecture, Pendentive: Milwaukee, 2010.

WE Energies Clean Air Exhibit, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2010, with Jonathan Goldstein and dF Workshop.

“Microcosm,” Calibrations 3: Positions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2009.

“Menomonee Valley Pavilion,” Der Pavillon: Lust und Polemik in der Architektur, Hatje Cantz Verlag, editor, Deutsches Architekturmuseum: Frankfurt, 2009, with Barkow Leibinger Architects.

“Marcus Prize Pavilion,” C3: Architecture + Landscape + Urbanism (Korea), Future Wood edition, No. 297, 2009, with Barkow Leibinger Architects.

Faculty Program Director, Florence/Paris Study Abroad Program, Fall 2008, Spring 2005.

Menomonee Valley Park Pavilion, Menomonee Valley Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2009, with Barkow Leibinger Architects.

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Architectural Computing, 2007-2008.

Alternate Member, Steering Committee, Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2007-2008.

“Context-sensitivity and Visual Engagement in Generative Systems,” Automation in Construction, 16(2007) 54-60.

“3D Print as Corporeal Design Medium,” International Journal of Architectural Computing, 4:4 (2006) 137-151.

“Screenwall Prototype: Joining Handcraft and Parametric Modeling,” Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture International Conference 2006: Digital Exchange Exhibition, Louisville, Kentucky, October 12-15, 2006, with Dan Merkel, Christopher Ludwig, Trevor Patt, Ryan O’Connor and Max Carr.

“Wax + Plywood + Parametric Surface: Small Box Retail Renovation,” Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture International Conference 2006: Digital Exchange Exhibition, Louisville, Kentucky, October 12-15, 2006, with Dan Hesketh.

“Hand-Machine Conflict and the Ethics of Digital Fabrication,” in Cheng, R and Tripeny, P J (eds) Getting Real: Design Ethos Now, Proceedings of the 94th Annual Meeting of the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2006, 207-214.

“The Constructed Image,” in Cheng, R and Tripeny, P J (eds) Getting Real: Design Ethos Now, Proceedings of the 94th Annual Meeting of the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2006, p. 529-536.

“Integrating Generative Modelling and Design Process: An Interface for Visual Design,” in Martens, B and Brown, A (eds) Proceedings of the Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures, Vienna, Austria, June 2005, p. 77-88.

“Divergent Thinking in the Construction of Architectural Models,” International Journal of Architectural Computing, 2:2 (2004) 263-285.

Calibrations: The Wisconsin Journal of Studio Architecture 2003, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, School of Architecture & Urban Planning publication of student design work, 2003, with Grace La.

“An Inductive Approach to Digital Modeling Instruction,” in Klinger, K R (ed) Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, Muncie, Indiana, October 2003, p. 150-157.

“Architectural Design Methods with Commercial Computer Aided Design Systems,” in Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe Conference Proceedings, Graz, Austria, September 2003, p. 279-286, with Volker Mueller.

Founder and Faculty Director, SARUP Rapid Prototyping Laboratory, 2003 to present.

Gallery

Download pdf CVDownload Arcobat Reader(PDF:129k)