School of Architecture College of Design

Marc Swackhamer, Associate Professor and Head of School

Marc Swackhamer

Associate Professor and Head of School

E-mail: swack004@umn.edu

Telephone: (612) 626-0105

Website: www.houminn.com

Biography

Marc Swackhamer received a B. Arch from the University of Cincinnati and an M. Arch from Rice University. His research explores the relationship between performance and ornament through the lens of digital representation and fabrication. His design firm, HouMinn Practice, a partnership with Professor Blair Satterfield from the University of British Columbia, challenges in-place techniques of construction and material production. HouMinn won a 2014 Architect Magazine R+D Award and a 2014 Core77 Design Award for this work. In addition to core design courses, Professor Swackhamer teaches on the topic of “hypernatural” design. Student work from this effort won a 2007 AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) national education award and was a finalist in the "Biomimicry Student Design Challenge," sponsored by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute in 2013. With Professor Blaine Brownell, he co-authored the book Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature in 2015. Professor Swackhamer is an Associate Professor and the Head of the School of Architecture.


Courses

Education

Rice University Graduate School of Architecture

Master of Architecture Degree - May 1997

University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design

Bachelor of Architecture Degree - June 1995

Publications

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