Kristen Kurland is a Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture. She holds a courtesy appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is Past President of CMU’s Andrew Carnegie Society, and recently served on CMU’s Board of Trustees.
Professor Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in health, the built environment, spatial analysis, and data visualization. She works closely with CMU colleagues and students on health, urban design, economic development, sustainability, big data, and “smart and healthy cities” issues. She actively collaborates with the City of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and many non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh and worldwide.
Professor Kurland's teaching at CMU includes building information modeling (BIM), computer aided design (CAD), 3D visualization, computer aided facility management (CAFM), and geographic information systems (GIS). At the Heinz College, she also teaches infrastructure management to executive physicians in the Master of Medical Management (MMM) program and is a faculty advisor for Heinz College Health Care Management students and projects. She has a strong interest in distance education and has been teaching through this medium since 1999. Her distance courses are taught in the Heinz College MMM, Master of Science of Information Technology (MSIT), and Adelaide Australia programs.
In addition to her full-time faculty position at CMU, Professor Kurland is the president of Computer Technical Services, a local consulting firm, that has implemented computer technology programs in numerous organizations. Her clients include architects, engineers, hospitals, universities, and corporations, as well as local, state, and federal governments.
Professor Kurland is also the co-author of a series of best-selling GIS workbooks for Esri, Inc.