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Doug Jackson is an architect and a professor of architecture whose current work focuses on theorizing and demonstrating new techniques for aligning the architectural discipline’s inherently top-down formalist practices with contemporary cultural interests in the bottom-up creation, dissemination, and re-mixing of content, form, and experience. Current research threads include transformable architecture, deregulating architectural authorship, and spatializing environmental disturbances.
Doug previously served as a partner at the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed office of Jones, Partners: Architecture (J,P:A), whose innovative work was widely exhibited and was featured in numerous national and international publications, including the monographs Instrumental Form and El Segundo, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1998 and 2007 respectively.
During his tenure with J,P:A Doug was responsible for both the design and management of a variety of projects, including the Confluence Point Bridges and Ranger Station in San Jose, the Andersen Consulting Corporate Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, the Shuffle installation at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, and the HSI Productions Satellite Office in Culver City. He was also the graphic designer for the firm’s award-winning monograph, Instrumental Form, the graphic director for its follow-up monograph, El Segundo, and the author of the firm’s patent for its Residential Program Deck (PRO/dek) system (US Patent No. 6,526,702 B2).
In addition, Doug has maintained an independent design practice, Doug Jackson Design Office (www.dougjacksondesign.com), whose work has been featured in numerous publications, and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
At Cal Poly Doug currently teaches 5th Year Thesis Design Studio, as well as seminar classes related to design theory. Previously, Doug has taught design studios at both the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (as the Hyde Chair of Excellence).
M Arch, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, NJ 2000
B Arch, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 1993
Associate Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 2013–Present
Assistant Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 2008–2013
Hyde Chair of Excellence - Endowed Visiting Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NB 2007–2008
Studio Instructor and Thesis Advisor, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Studio Instructor, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA 2003
Principal, Doug Jackson Design Office 2007–Present
Principal, Jones, Partners: Architecture 2003–2007
CA Licensed Architect (C-31242) 2007–present
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2007–present
- “Slowmo House,” GA Houses 130, 2013
- “Sun and Wind Elementals,” GA Houses 125, 2012
- “Uneasy Green: The Value of a Semi-Autonomous, Productively Critical Green Architecture,” Digital Aptitudes, 2012
- “Blink House,” GA Houses 120, 2011
- “Trans-Form: An Alternative to Formal Perfection in Architecture,” Where Do You Stand, 2011
- “The Elementals,” GA Houses 115, 2010
- Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Individual Production and Presentation Grant, 2015
- Journal of Architectural Education, Editorial Board Member 2014-Present
- “Undisciplining Architecture,” invited lecture, Architecture Lecture Series, South Dakota State University 2013
- “Out of This World,” invited lecture, Architecture Lecture Series, Wentworth Institute of Technology 2012
- GA Houses Project (Group exhibitions—exhibitor) GA Gallery 2010-2013
- SOUPERgreen (Group exhibition—curator and exhibitor) Architecture + Design Museum 2011