Terry Hargrave

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Position Emeritus Professor
Email thargrav@calpoly.edu
Web Page http://www.calpoly.edu/~thargrav/


Terry Hargrave received his B.ArcE at Washington State University in 1965. He earned the M.Arch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978, following architectural solo and group practice in Seattle and Spokane. He has been on the Cal Poly faculty since 1978, teaching design studios every term as well as theory, drawing, painting, video and practice courses. He has also taught at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Hargrave’s design studios cultivate critical thinking and generative strategies in a context driven by studies in visual culture, contemporary philosophy and post-modern poetics. His focus on the student’s collaborative and solo exploration of critical topics has influenced a generation of architects throughout California and internationally at Morphosis, Eric Own Moss, OMA, Diller+Scofidio, Frank Gehry, and [coop]Himmelblau.

Hargrave’s professional design practice include such projects as the Columbia Basin Fine Arts Building in Washington State; AIA award-winning schools in Ketchikan, Alaska; Washington Trust Bank, Spokane, which received an urban design award (AIA); Marlborough Elderly Housing,, Boston; and the Eades house, Seattle, an exemplar of Northwest Modernism. He contributed on a substantive level as project manager and design coordinator to AIA and ASAH award projects in Massachusetts, Washington and California. His architectural firm, SWAMP, focuses on small scale housing , with current projects on an island in Puget Sound, and in the central coast of California. As a designer and video artist he is a partner in Naxsmash Group, a critical practice collaborative with media artist Christina McPhee, producing time based and other media. He showed video at the Transport Gallery in LA (2005) contributing time based work to McPhee’s ‘Carrizo Diaries’ project. His net art collaborations for naxsmash include 47REDS*, an exploration of cyborg space through the texts of Italo Calvino’s Invisible CIties, which has shown in festivals internationally including FILE Sao Paulo (2002), and is archived at the Rose Goldsen Collection of New Media Art at Cornell University. His current interdisciplinary design projects include architectural work, artist’s books, and exhibition installations in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Master of Architecture, MIT, 1978
Bachelor of Arch Eng, WSU, 1965

Teaching Experience

Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1978-present
Lecturer, University of Idaho, 19xx
Lecturer, Washington State University, 19xx


Licensed Architect



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