MArch (Structures Option), University of Illinois BA (Architectural Studies), University of Illinois
Mark Donofrio is an architect, structural designer and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He is responsible, along with Stephen Duff, for the core structures curriculum for both the B.Arch and M.Arch programs. He serves as an advisor for graduate and undergraduate research projects through the PhD and MS Arch Programs and the Honors College. He teaches core, intermediate, and advanced design studios, as well as advanced technical electives that examine the relationship between geometry, structure, architecture and construction.
His research and pedagogy examines how digital design tools, techniques and technologies can expand collaborative possibilities in the design and production of the built environment. By capturing a more diverse series of design parameters and considerations, this work helps to foster material innovation and material-efficient design solutions. He explores the impact that advances in digital design tools have had on changes to the means and methods of fabrication and construction and, conversely, what impact fabrication and construction methodology can have in a design process leveraging digital design tools. His work utilizes emergent computational methods and advanced manufacturing techniques to achieve sustainable design solutions that challenge preconceived typologies while building upon the rich traditional relationship between design, engineering and construction. This work is informing the development and refinement of a design methodology intended to shift the discipline’s traditional preoccupation with form, towards one more focused on formation, thereby capturing integrated spatial and temporal considerations often excluded in design processes. This work serves as the basis for his design-research focused creative practice and lab where he can implement and then test this methodology.