Two New Professors: David Newton and David Theodore

Published: 20 June 2013

We are delighted to announce the hiring of two new full-time faculty colleagues.

David Newton will join the School of Architecture as an Assistant Professor on August 1, 2013, fulfilling the position in design technologies. In the fall he will co-teach in the M1 studio and teach Advanced Construction. An accomplished design teacher with a demonstrated expertise in building technologies, Prof. Newton is especially interested in algorithmic design processes, digital fabrication and biomimicry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University, where he is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor, and a Masters in Architecture from Rice University. In 2006-07, he worked for Diller Scofidio + Renfro on High Line Park in New York.

On August 1, 2014, Assistant Professor David Theodore will join the School. David received his professional degree and a post-professional Masters (Governor General’s Gold Medal 2001) from McGill University more than ten years ago. His record of peer-review publications and external funding is extensive; and he writes architectural criticism regularly for professional and popular magazines. David is currently finishing a combined ad hoc Ph.D. as a Trudeau Scholar at Harvard University in architecture and history of science. His dissertation, “Hospitalizing the Computer: Biomedicine, Architecture, Computation,” moves across cybernetics, medical informatics, automation, neurosurgery and neuroscience, digital and interactive art and even cyborg and robot, examining how medical and architectural practice both responded to and drove the ascendance of computer culture. He plans to defend his dissertation in December 2013. At McGill, David will coordinate the M1 studios.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s search process, especially the search committee, which was chaired by Prof. Martin Bressani and included Prof. Vikram Bhatt, Newsha Ghaeli, David Krawitz, Prof. Nik Luka, Prof. Damiano Pasini (Mechanical Engineering), and Prof. Ipek Türeli.

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