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 focus upon architecture’s performative and poetic dimensions rendered through material and form. Of particular interest are the circumstances of contemporary material practices and the affordances of hybrid design and fabrication techniques. Jeremy's creative work and research operate across scales, from artifact to building, to opportunistically engage emergent digital techniques. The work explores questions of authenticity and presence within the conditions of contemporary practice.
Jeremy seeks to build agency among his students, eliciting curiosity toward the built environment and its connection to contemporary culture and ecology. 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 his students explore questions of perception and performance. Jeremy's advanced design studios have recently explored dualisms of permanence/temporality, durability/decay and the effects of environments and inhabitants on architecture over time. These studios rely upon direct material engagement, through analog and digital means to foreground material affordances. Jeremy has collaborated with national manufacturers through his seminar Fabricating Customization, and conducted a workshop at the AutoDesk Build Space to explore the ductility of aluminum and potential for thickened facades. He has co-directed numerous international study programs programs to explore the contemporary Dutch landscape, the lineage of Swiss modernism across western europe, the emergence of contemporary architecture in Spain, and the role of detail within the work 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.