Architecture Faculty and Staff

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Administrative Staff

Academic Advisor

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Assistant Professor

Rob Whitehead

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-8276
Office: 499 Design


BArch, Iowa State University, 1993
MArch, University of Texas at Austin, 1995

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Research Interests

Critically integrating structural design considerations of process, production, and performance into technically engaging and experientially rich architecture.

Development & integration of alternative pedagogical methods for teaching building technology integration and analysis including haptic learning techniques and design-centric lab work.

Exploring the role of productive failures in design, particularly in the design ideation, integration and performance of innovative structural systems.

Current Projects

Textbook, "Structural Technology in Practice: Think, Make, Break.  Design-based structrural exercises across a variety of structural topics. Iintegrates a broad range of analysis techniques (sketching, models, and digital design) in the design of innovative structures. Manuscript completed Fall 2017. 

Design-build prototypes for "Design for Disaster Relief" (with students). Applications include long-span tension and strut systems, retrofitting seismic protections for dry-stacked masonry veracular structures, modular tent flooring system, etc.

Examining the design relationships between Eero Saarinen and his structural engineers to understand the genesis of particular structural forms and their associated innovations in construction methodologies.

Current Scholarship