Plenary Speakers

ARCC 2021 International Conference

April 7-10, 2021  I  VIRTUAL TUCSON
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Hosted by The University of Arizona
Conference Co-Chairs: Clare M. Robinson, Beth M. Weinstein, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture (CAPLA)


Plenary Speakers

Billie Faircloth, FAIA 
Billie Faircloth is a practicing architect, educator, and partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research exper:se, and innova:ve design. As the firm’s Research Director, she leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from diverse fields including environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She oversees the queries and inves:ga:ons that begin and inform each project at the firm. Billie is currently an adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and has served as the BarberMcMurry Professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and VELUX Visi:ng Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She is the recipient of Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture Innovator Award in 2017.
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Nicholas de Monchaux
Nicholas de Monchaux is Professor and Head of Architecture at MIT. He is a partner in the architecture practice modem, and a founder of the design technology company Local Software. Until 2020 he was Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, and Craigslist Distinguished Chair in New Media at UC Berkeley. De Monchaux is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an architectural and urban history of the Apollo Spacesuit, winner of the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society and shortlisted for the Art Book Prize, as well as Local Code: 3,659 Proposals about Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016). In 2012 he was named one of the “Public Interest Design 100” by Good Magazine. His design work has been exhibited widely, including at the Biennial of the Americas, the Venice Architecture Biennale, The Lisbon Architecture Triennial, SFMOMA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His work has been supported by MacDowell, the Santa Fe Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, the Hellman Fund, and the Bakar Spark Fund. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Jon McKenzie
Jon McKenzie researches and teaches media and design in Cornell University’s Department of English and is also faculty affiliate of the Bronfrenbrenner Center for Translational Research. He is Director of StudioLab, an experimental pedagogy and design consultancy, and author of Transmedia Knowledge for Liberal Arts and Community Engagement: A StudioLab Manifesto (2019) and Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance (2001). He is also co-editor of Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research (2011), as well as founder and former director of DesignLab, a design consultancy for higher education at Madison. Alongside books and articles, Jon also produces experimental videos, lecture performances, and theory comics, and leads workshops on transmedia knowledge for researchers, public schools, and community organizations. His work can be found at

ARCC 2021 International Conference
Wednesday-Saturday, April 7-10, 2021

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