School of Architecture College of Design

Mike Christenson, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Mike Christenson

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Email: mike001@umn.edu

Telephone: 612-209-0764

Office: 145D Rapson Hall

 

Biography

Mike Christenson has published extensively in the areas of architectural representation, design technology, and the production and dissemination of architectural knowledge. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (www.acadia.org), and he is the Associate Editor for Architectural Computing for the journal Architectural Science Review. Christenson's professional work includes experience at Minneapolis-based Alliiance on teams in collaboration with Jean Nouvel on the design of the Guthrie Theater on the River and in collaboration with Cesar Pelli on the design of the Minneapolis Central Library. Together with Malini Srivastava, he is a Principal Architect in the award-winning architectural firm Design and Energy Laboratory, LLC. Christenson's ongoing research in representation, and his experience in the professional practice of architecture, continually inform his teaching in areas of design fundamentals, digital technologies, and comprehensive design.

 

Education

M Arch, University of Minnesota

Bachelor, Env. D., University of Minnesota

 

Teaching Areas

Design Fundamentals; digital technologies; comprehensive design.

 

Research Areas

Production and dissemination of architectural knowledge.

 

Publications

  • (2019) Christenson, Mike, David Jason Gerber, Wassim Jabi, Mara Marcu, Andrew John Wit. "Editorial," Architectural Science Review 62:5, 367-370, http://doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2019.1664462
  • (2019) Christenson, Mike. Theories and Practice of Architectural Representation. Routledge.
  • (2018) Christenson, Mike. "On the Foregrounding of Photographic Biases in Architecture," in Virtual + Actual: Process and Product of Design (2018 Conference of the Design Communication Association).
  • (2018) Abdelhamid, Noor, Benjamin Dalton, Mike Christenson, and Malini Srivastava. "Energy Analysis of Public School Buildings Through Visualization," in Virtual + Actual: Process and Product of Design (2018 Conference of the Design Communication Association).
  • (2018) Srivastava, Malini, and Mike Christenson. "Play in Architectural Pedagogy: Shifting Allegiances and Trading Projects," in PLAY with the Rules (2018 Fall Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture).
  • (2017) Christenson, Mike. "Critical Dimensions in Architectural Photography: Contributions to Architectural Knowledge." In Architecture_MPS, v. 11, no. 2, p. 1-17.
  • (2017) Christenson, Mike. "Kinds of Designing and Their Functions in Analyzing." In International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v. 27, no.4, p. 611-626.
  • (2017) Christenson, Mike. "Parasitical Analysis in the Built Environment: Scales of Complexity". In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), Ryan Smith, Keith Diaz Moore, and Windy Zhao, Editors, p. 72-79.
  • (2017) Christenson, Mike. "Photography in the Urban Renewal Toolkit: The Case of Pruitt-Igoe". In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), Ryan Smith, Keith Diaz Moore, and Windy Zhao, Editors, p. 155-163.
  • (2016) Christenson, Mike. Beginning Design Technology. Routledge.
  • (2016) Christenson, Mike. "Research Notes: The Photographic Construction of Urban Renewal in Fargo, North Dakota". In Buildings & Landscapes 23.2, Fall 2016, p. 116-128.
  • (2016) Christenson, Mike. "On the Construction of Digital Models and the (Non-)Significance of Gravity". In Communicating Speculative and Crative Thinking (Proceedings of the 2016-2016 Design Communication Association Biennial Conference), Steven P. Juroszek, Editor, p. 184-189.
  • (2016) Christenson, Mike. "Current Questions on Parasitical Analysis of Architectural Form". In Communicating Speculative and Crative Thinking (Proceedings of the 2016-2016 Design Communication Association Biennial Conference), Steven P. Juroszek, Editor, p. 79-83.
  • (2016) Christenson, Mike and Malini Srivastava. "Additive Manufacturing: A Convergence of Form and Material in the Digital Age". In Communicating Speculative and Crative Thinking (Proceedings of the 2016-2016 Design Communication Association Biennial Conference), Steven P. Juroszek, Editor, p. 303-309.
  • (2016) Christenson, Mike and Malini Srivastava. "Passive House Design-Build: Generative Full-Scale Pedagogy". In Proceedings, 2016 Passive and Low-Energy Architecture Conference.
  • (2016) Christenson, Mike. "Le Corbusier's Museum of Unlimited Extension: Spirals and Occlusion Maps". In Shaping New Knowledges (Proceedings, 104th ACSA Annual Meeting).

 

 

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