Joshua D. Bard teaches in the core undergraduate design studio sequence and instructs seminars in digital fabrication and design media. Joshua’s teaching and research interrogate traditional binaries in design culture (e.g. industry/craft, machine/hand, virtual/physical space, digital/analogue production), discovering new potential for contemporary digital tools in the jettisoned logics of hand and material craft.
Bard is a founding partner of Archolab, an award winning research collaborative finding their bearings at the intersection of architecture’s emerging techno future(s) and a historically grounded commitment to making. Archolab’s research includes Morphfaux, a project that recovers ancient techniques of applied architectural plaster through the lens of robotic manufacturing, and Spring Back, a reformulation of steam bending using advanced parametric modeling and digital fabrication tools. Archolab’s work has been recognized with Architect Magazine’s R+D Award, an Unbuilt Architecture Citation from the Boston Society of Architects, and a Merit Award from the Canadian Wood Council.
Joshua received his M.Arch with distinction from the University of Michigan where he also served on the faculty and as director of Taubman College’s digital fabrication laboratory. Joshua holds a B.A. in literature and philosophy from Wheaton College and has worked for PLY Architecture (Ann Arbor, MI) and M1/DTW (Detroit, MI) on a range of projects from fabricating custom furniture to feasibility planning for future expansion of the University of Michigan’s Art & Architecture building.