José Pertierra-Arrojo joined the School of Architecture (SoA), his alma mater, as a Special Faculty member in 2017 to teach the Introduction to Architectural Robotics (ITAR) and Digital Fabrication courses. In this role, he also serves as adjunct faculty for the freshman Foundation Studio and as the Director of the Pre-College program in Architecture.
While pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, José became increasingly more engaged in the numerous opportunities provided by the SoA’s interdisciplinary pedagogical approach. He excelled in advanced design and fabrication courses including Jeremy Ficca’s Difficult Synthesis and Josh Bard’s Robotically Augmented Timber studios—all while fulfilling a research position under Erica Cochran Hameen at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD). He also held teaching assistantships in Digital Media I & II, Materials and Assembly, and the Digital Fabrication Lab.
Upon graduating in 2015, José traveled cross-state to practice with the talented collective at Erdy McHenry Architecture in Philadelphia. During his time with the 2016 AIA Pennsylvania Firm of the Year, he worked on projects for higher education and housing, playing a formative role in many of the firm’s award-winning projects. Among these were the PennDesign Renovation and The Ohio State’s Food Security Collaborative, which won the 2015 & 2016 AIA Philadelphia Silver Medal Awards respectively.