Kirk Margaret

Position Lecturer




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Areas of Expertise

Architectural Design
Building Construction
Building Technology Systems


Margaret Kirk is an active multi-hyphenate as an award-winning designer and artist, educated in New York and Florence, Italy, who possesses extensive experience in architectural education, design, construction, and project management.

Ms. Kirk's architectural work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts both domestically and internationally for renowned institutions, government agencies, development companies, and celebrity clients.  Her work has brought her around the world for construction-related tasks and administration.  She is the owner of the architectural consultancy, s.341-b, is a Certified Passive House Consultant through PHIUS, regularly instructs on the Architect Registration Exams, and is the lead author on publications for all divisions of the ARE.

Concurrent with her professional practice, Ms. Kirk has been on the faculties of esteemed institutions since 2005 instructing at every level of undergraduate and graduate study.  She has taught design studios, building systems and construction technology, computational design and fabrication, media, communication and representation courses.  She has a deep interest in technology, materials, advanced fabrication development, and theories for symbiotic architectural morphogenesis and is working on associated research developing performative form| facade for renewable energy collection with engineers across the country.

Maggie is a published writer and editorial board member for d3:dialog and International Journal for Interior Architecture and Spatial Design.  She has served on numerous design juries including Unbuilt Visions, and has founded her own peer-reviewed online journal, Venn Design Journal, examining projects and theories based in the enmeshing of technology and design.

While at Cal Poly, Maggie has taught undergraduate studios, building technology activity courses, and interdisciplinary design studios.  Her interdisciplinary studios with ARCE and CM have incorporated an emphasis on design-build- designing and constructing a panelized house for the rebuilding effort of Weed, CA after the Boles Fire and designing and constructing a showcase pavilion for the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County.  A past studio of Maggie's also participated in the rebuilding efforts for Paradise, CA proposing PHIUS-based passive house certifiable and resilient single-family homes.  Of the numerous awards she has received throughout her career, at Cal Poly she has been awarded the LPA Grant for Interdisciplinary Studies, Hearst Student Scholar Fellowship Award for research development, and Cal Poly Community Service Award: Service Learning – Faculty Team.


Educational Credentials:

  • MArch, Pratt Institute
    BArch, Syracuse University
    Study Abroad in Florence, Italy, Syracuse University

Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 2005-2016
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 2015-2016

Professional Experience:

  • S.341-B Owner
  • Symasign Owner
  • ii journal Associate Editor
  • d3:dialog Associate Editor
  • dba, [NY, NY] Associate
  • Khanna Schultz [Brooklyn, NY] Project Architect, Project Manager
  • FLAnk [NY, NY] Project Architect, Project Manager
  • Vandeberg Architects [NY, NY] Project Architect
  • HGA [Minneapolis, MN] Project Architect
  • Ellerbe Becket [Minneapolis, MN] Junior Architect


  • American Institute of Architects: Associate AIA member
  • Certified Passive House Consultant
  • IVY innovators
  • Passive House Alliance US Member
  • Building Technology Educators Society (BTES)


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • Kirk, M., Thompson, A. (2019). Confluence of Forces: The Decentralized Manifestation of a Passive House, UT. Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS)
  • Kirk, M., Starzyk, G., Bashaw, D. (2018). Interdisciplinary Education in an Integrated Project Delivery Studio: Designing and Building Prefabricated Components. Associated Schools of Construction (ASC)
  • Kirk, M. (2017). Qualitative Collaboration.  Proceedings: Poetics+Pragmatism. 19-26.
  • Kirk, M. (2017). Adapting Architecture: Hacking Parasitic Technologies. iijournal: Adaptive Interventions
  • Kirk, M. (2013). The Operation of Space. d3: Autonomous Identities. 148-151.
  • Kirk, M. (2012). Technology and the Decentralized Interface. d3: Assemble. 108-111.  

Selected Presentations

  • “Confluence of Forces: The Decentralized Manifestation of a Passive House, UT.” Selected for Case Studies in Different Climates & Measured Data presentation at the 14th Annual North American Passive House Conference. Washington, DC. December 6-7, 2019.  Paper presentation, conference moderator.
  • “Interdisciplinary Education in an Integrated Project Delivery Studio: Designing and Building Prefabricated Components.” Selected for presentation at the ASC 54th Annual International Conference. Minneapolis, MN. April 18-21, 2018
  • “Qualitative Collaboration.” Selected for presentation at the Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Poetics+Pragmatism Conference. Des Moines, Iowa. June 8-10, 2017

Selected Awards:

  • LPA Grant for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
  • Elected Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) California/ Pacific Regional Representative, 2018-2021
  • Cal Poly Community Service Awards: Service Learning – Faculty Team, 2018
  • Hearst Student Scholar Fellowship Award for research development, Cal Poly, 2017
  • Faculty Development Grant Pratt Institute 2009-2010, 2012-2013
  • Pratt Institute Scholarship 2002
  • Dean’s List, Syracuse University
  • Chancellor’s Award for Community Service, Syracuse University
  • Cutler Merit Scholarship, Syracuse University


Updated 09.30.2022

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