Kristen Kurland, a Teaching Professor in Architecture and the H. John Heinz III College, teaches technology courses Advanced CAD, BIM, and 3D Animation, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM). At the Heinz College, Professor Kurland also advises Health Care Policy and Management system synthesis projects and teaches Infrastructure Management to physician executives in their Master of Medical Management program. She has a strong focus on distance education and has been teaching through this vehicle for many years.
Professor Kurland received the Esri 2012 Health Communications Award, the 2005 Heinz College Martcia Wade award for teaching excellence, and the 1998, 2000, and 2003 Archibus, Inc. Excellence in Education award. She is President Elect of the Executive Board of the Andrew Carnegie Society and is the chair of the ACS Scholars committee.
Kristen Kurland and her Heinz College colleague, Professor Wil Gorr, have recently written five geographic information systems workbooks and currently they are writing a GIS core concepts textbook for Esri Press.
In addition to her full time position at CMU, she is the president of a local consulting firm that has implemented computer technology programs in numerous organizations since 1989. Her clients include architects, engineers, hospitals, universities, corporations, as well as local, state, and federal governments.