Last updated December 1, 2014.
Funded Projects & Research

Margaret B. Gruger Faculty Fund, funding for "Researching Postwar African Modernism," research support to do research in London, $5000, 2014.


Margaret B. Gruger Faculty Fund, funding for "Inspired Making: Halifax and the 'Ideas in Things' Conference," To attend Mackay=Lyons' Ghost 13" conference, $5000, 2011.


"Building Shelter", organized donation of tools, and exhibit of student-made shelter, $3000 donated by dck Corp., fall 2011.


Margaret B. Gruger Faculty Fund, funding for "Publicizing Pittsburgh's Postwar Modern Architecture, to create website on postwar architecture, $5000, 2010.

Getty Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, to complete book manuscript titled “Inventing Expressionism: Art, Criticism, and the Rise of Modern Architecture.” Provides $40,000 funding towards full-salary, for 12-month, non-residential fellowship for research and writing, 2008-2009  

Berkmann Faculty Development Grant, spring 2009, $5500 to aid in the publishing costs of the book manuscript “Inventing Expressionism”

Ferguson Jacobs Award, Runner-up, 2009. Awarded full-tuition to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America’s “Winterim” program, to study the role of “composition” for contemporary architectural education in 2010

“CMUs at CMU II”: grant from National Concrete Masonry Association Foundation, for 2nd year student design competition, for design and CNC fabrication of concrete block and block building. Principal investigator, $10,000 grant, 2008

“Light Museum”: grant from Velux Corporation, for investigation of light and 2nd year student design competition for design of “Light Museum. Principal investigator, $10,000 grant, 2007-08

“CMUs at CMU”: grant from National Concrete Masonry Foundation for 2nd year studio competition using concrete block. Co-recipient with two instructors, $7,000, 2007


“Slide Digitization Project”: Developed a system to digitize and organize personal collection of 80,000 slides in a searchable image database, hosted by and made accessible to students and entire university community through the library's web-based “Digital Image Database.” Full-time summer staff & student help funded by department, 2006-2010.

“E-folios for Architects”: pilot program of CMU’s Office of Technology Education (OTE) to introduce Nuventive Corp. “e-folio” software as a learning and file-sharing tool to 2nd year architecture students and studio process. Principal investigator, $12,000 grant, 2005-2006.

“Architectural Restoration and Conservation (ARC) of Carved Wood Interiors, Phase II: Transformation”: research grant from the Enkeboll Foundation to generate new designs based on Phase I case study using digital fabrication for possible mass production. Edited two-volume project report, including essay “Representation, Analysis, and Transformation: Kentuck Knob as Case Study.” Principal investigator, in association with Laura Lee, $23,000, 2005


“Architectural Restoration and Conservation (ARC) of Carved Wood Interiors, Phase I: Research & Analysis”: research grant from the Enkeboll Foundation, to teach special project course to analyze design principles of F.L. Wright’s “Kentuck Knob” house as case study. Principal investigator, in association with Laura Lee, $23,000, 2005. Coordinate with similar research teams from Higher Institute for Architecture, Antwerp, Belgium; and North Carolina State University

“Taliesin Apprentices: Seven Decades of Organic Architecture”: research, design, construction, and installation of exhibition, coordinated collaboration of students from CMU and Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Spring Green, WI. Exhibit at Pittsburgh AIA Gallery, CMU Hewlett Gallery, and Taliesin. Principal investigator, $12,500 funding from FLLW Foundation, 1999