EX-CHANGE is a publication celebrating the work of the SoA from 1st year to PhD. Inaugurated in 2017, EX-CHANGE represents an ongoing opportunity to shine new light on the SoA studio-based and MS/PhD programs and to position the work within larger questions of research and practice. The booklet is a compendium of thought, work, and discussion generated by EX-CHANGE. It includes student work from the studios, research labs, and centers alongside excerpts from the moderated conversation between students and critics based on questions generated by studios.

SoA Faculty Publications

Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories (2019)

By Esri Press

Teaching Professor Kristen Kurland is one of 23 women featured in this publication from Esri Press. Her chapter "The Heart of a Giving Teacher" includes her work in GIS and Urban Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

Women look to other women as role models and for inspiration. Seeing confidence, leadership, and accomplishments in other women helps a young woman envision herself with those qualities. Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories tells the tales of how 23 women applied themselves and overcame obstacles, using maps, analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS) to contribute to their professions and the world. Sharing the experiences of their childhoods, the misstarts and challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned, each story is a celebration of a woman’s unique path and of the perseverance and hard work it takes to achieve success. From oceanographers to activists, archaeologists to entrepreneurs, the women in Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories can serve as mentors to motivate readers who are developing their own life stories and inspire their potential in a new way.


Flexibility and Design: Learning from the School Construction Systems Development (SCSD) Project (2018)

By Joshua D. Lee

The first book by Assistant Professor Joshua D. Lee, PhD, AIA, published by Routedge, questions flexibility as a design approach by providing a longitudinal analysis of an innovative architectural experiment called the School Construction Systems Development (SCSD) project. The SCSD pioneered the use of performance specifications to create an open, prefabricated, and integrated system of building components that provided four modes of flexibility. Educational facilities throughout California used the SCSD system and it spawned a variety of similar projects throughout North America. This book traces the development and subsequent use of the system over 50 years through archival research, personal observations, re-photography, re-surveying, plan evaluations, interviews, and an advertisement analysis. These new findings provide useful insights for architects, educators, historic preservationists, and others about the affordances of spatial flexibility, the difficulties associated with technological transfer, the impact of unstable market conditions, the importance of user input during the planning process, and the need for long-term social relations to sustain architectural experiments.


Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies (2018)

By Lisa M. Abendroth & Bryan Bell

This guidebook presents the pedagogical framework and collective curriculum necessary to teach public interest designers. The book’s editors and contributors feature a range of learning competencies supported by distinct teaching strategies where educational and community-originated goals unite. Written in a guidebook format that includes projects from across design disciplines, this book describes the learning deemed most critical to pursuing an inclusive, informed design practice that meets the diverse needs of both students and community partners. The book features the work of the UDBS and PROJECT RE_.


Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design (2017)

Exhibition Catalog Curated by Daniel Cardoso Llach

Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon is an exhibition showcasing rare photographs, film, high-quality reproductions, and interactive software reconstructions examining the formative period of numerical control and Computer-Aided Design technologies (1949-1976), along with a selection of experimental work by computational designers working today.


Computational Design: Practices, Histories, Infrastructures symposium (2017)

Symposium Brochure Organized by Daniel Cardoso Llach

This two-day event at Carnegie Mellon University examines computation as a subject of both scholarly and creative inquiry in architecture and other design fields. It accompanies the exhibition Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design and seeks to situate contemporary design methods in architecture and other creative fields in relation to broader histories, disciplinary frames, and technical infrastructures.


of More-Than-Human Spaces (2017)

An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion Organized by Nida Rehman

This interdisciplinary panel discussion reflects on the historical roles (expected and unexpected) of non-human others in crafting urban and regional landscapes, and the politics, biopolitics, and aesthetics of more-than-human interactions. Participants will foreground their work on, with or alongside non-humans, in blurred 'nature-culture borderlands', to rethink the messy politics of expertise, the assemblage of agency, and explore the unforeseen spaces that design and planning entail. 

inter·punct Student Journal

inter·punct is a journal for architecture founded by students at Carnegie Mellon University and supported by the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. The journal has released two issues - para·meter (2013) and inter·view (2016).

For more information, contact inter·punct advisors Mary-Lou Arscott or Spike Wolff