research & teaching
As a faculty member at the University of Virginia, Alexander Kitchin teaches a design process that investigates the character inherent in materials and how the process of making informs the spaces we design. His casting seminars in Ultra High Perfomance Concrete are part of the material science research at the School of Architecture and he works across disciplines with the School of Engineering and Applied Science to advance research in this curtting edge field. His studios are part of the Design Thinking Concentration with an emphasis on community engagement and on the skills inherent in the architect’s critical thinking approach. His research includes a hands-on approach to architecture through the active fabrication shop. He has taught, visited and lectured at schools across the country and abroad in architectural design, fabrication, and theory and has received the pretegious Rome Prize at the American Academy for research pushing the boundaries of concrete casting and form.