Digital Vernacular – About the Authors

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Jim and Ralph

JAMES STEVENS
Jim Stevens is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University, where he is the founding and acting Director of makeLab, a digital fabrication and design studio. As director, Jim oversees research, publication and industry-sponsored design projects. Additionally, Jim conducts frequent makeLab workshops and lectures across the U.S. and internationally in China, Europe and India.

Jim is a licensed architect and the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Jim is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, and currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and two children

RALPH NELSON
Ralph Nelson is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University, where he is the Architectural Engineering Coordinator teaching In the design and construction studios. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the California College of the Arts. He has lectured and exhibited his work widely, and has been a visiting critic at several schools including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Harvard University and the University of Toronto.

Ralph is a licensed architect and founding principal of Loom, a collaborative practice of art and design recognized and awarded for work utilizing a minimum of means to maximum effect. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. Ralph currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and three cats.