Jeremy Ficca is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he serves as founding Director of the Design Fabrication Laboratory (dFAB) and Track Chair of the Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD) program. Jeremy’s award winning teaching, research and practice focuses upon architecture’s performative and poetic dimensions. Of particular interest is the convergent impact of tectonics, materiality and digital design cultures upon contemporary models of design, practice and pedagogy. Jeremy's creative work and research operate at scales of object and building, to engage emergent digital techniques that seek to reinvigorate architecture’s material presence and cultural relevance.
Jeremy seeks to build agency among his students, eliciting curiosity toward the built environment and the broader context of contemporary culture. He seeks to impart sensibilities toward design that transcend technique and position architecture’s value and cultural relevance. Jeremy teaches graduate and undergraduate advanced design studios sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation and serves as a second year design studio coordinator where he has developed a pedagogy focused upon architecture’s material presence and performance. Jeremy's advanced design studios have explored topics related to building envelopes, prototyping processes, and emergent material behavior. Jeremy has collaborated with national manufacturers through his seminar Fabricating Customization, to explore the design potential within nimble methods of robotic fabrication and has co-directed international study programs programs focused upon the contemporary Dutch landscape, the lineage of Swiss modernism, the emergence of contemporary architecture in Spain, and the legacy of Carlo Scarpa.
Jeremy’s creative work and pedagogy have been published in Performative Materials in Architecture, Matter, Digital Fabricators, and The Journal of Architectural Education. Jeremy has spoken internationally on the topics of digital design and fabrication, architecture’s material realm and the emergence of robotics within architecture. Jeremy’s work has been exhibited across North America, including the Municipal Art Society of New York, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh and was included in the traveling exhibit Performance, Technology and Ornament. Jeremy has consulted with the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, The North Carolina Museum of Art and served on the faculty selection committee of the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Jeremy’s built and un-built architectural 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 is a licensed architect in the states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina and holds a post-professional Master of Architecture from Harvard University, with commendation and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University Jeremy was an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University.