Jennifer Shields

Jennifer Shields

Position Assistant Professor
Phone 805.756.1362
Office 186-A305

Areas of Expertise

Beginning Design
Research and Design Practices
Spatial Perception


Jennifer Shields pursues research, teaching, and practice that speculate on the broader implications of representation on form-making and spatial experience. Her representational investigations consider the fragmentation, aggregation, and synthesis fundamental to collage-making as a corollary to physical and temporal conditions of place. An outcome of this research is the book entitled Collage and Architecture, which was published by Routledge in December 2013. She is currently pursuing interdisciplinary scientific research (with computer science and psychology) in the subjectivity and perception of various modes of representation. 

Teaching Philosophy

Jennifer seeks to expand her students’ skillsets in representational methods, each approached with a critical eye to the opportunities and weaknesses inherent in each method. Within a Beginning Design pedagogy, these skills are cultivated through iteration, evaluating both the design substance and its representation for its appropriateness to place, and inhabitant. 


Educational Credentials:

MArch, University of Virginia  2004
BS in Architecture, University of Virginia  2000
Syracuse University Florence Program  1999

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  2015-Present
Visiting Assistant Professor, UNC-Charlotte  2008-2015
Study Abroad in Scandinavia program  2013


Licensed Architect in North Carolina, NCARB Certificate


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • “How Veridical Are Digital Representations of Architectural Space?” CAADRIA 2016
  • “Slowness: The Dialogue between Architecture and Landscape in Scandinavia,” ACSA 2014
  • Collage and Architecture, Routledge, 2013
  • Genealogy of Collage and Architecture,” ARCC 2013
  • Roofless Gallery for [Con]temporary Art,” Ground Up 01: Landscapes of Uncertainty, 2012
  • “Collage and Architecture,” International Conference on the Image 2011
  • “A Crafted Analysis of Place,” NCBDS 2010

Selected Grants:

  • Grant: UNCC Research and Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award, 2014
  • Exhibition: Rhizome, 2011
  • Grant: Swedish Women’s Educational Association, 2010
  • Exhibition: Roofless Gallery for [Con]temporary Art, 2009
  • Grant: Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange Fund, 2009

Selected Activities:

  • Workshop on Collage, University of Georgia, College of Environment and Design, 2014
  • Moderation of discussion panel for “Exhibition: Selections from the International Center for Collage and Collage Works by Richard Meier,” University of Tennessee, 2013
  • gDwell, Board Member, 2009-2011
  • Design Team Member, Parkwood Green, 2009-2011


Updated 04.07.16

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