Andrew Saunders received his Master in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2004. As the recipient of the 2004 SOM Research and Traveling Fellowship for Masters of Architecture, Andrew utilized his award to pursue his research on the relationship of equation based geometries to the work of “Early Twentieth Century Pioneers in Reinforced Concrete.” Having received a Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Arkansas in 1998, and prior to graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Andrew gained considerable professional experience as a project designer for Eisenman Architects, Leeser Architecture and Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.; as an Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union, and as a Teaching Assistant while studying at Harvard.
The fellowship was an extremely important transition from graduate school to the profession. The knowledge that I gained through traveling continues to inform my research, teaching and practice.
2010 Update: Andrew is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York where he has been on the faculty since 2004. He has also served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Cranbook School of Architecture since 2006. His personal practice and research interests lie in computational geometry as it relates to emerging technology, fabrication and performance. He is currently working on a book using parametric modeling as an analysis tool of 17th century Italian Baroque architecture. His book “Material Manifestations: cultural and material affects of Shaker artifacts,” which explores potential digital futures for the legacy of the Shaker material culture is currently being published by the Shaker Museum and Library.