Visiting Architects

During the spring semester of the 2016-2017 academic year, interim Architect-in-Residence Ceren Bingol will be joined by a series of visiting architects and lecturers.

Dan Kinkead

First, she will be collaborating with Dan Kinkead, AIA, Principal, at SmithGroupJJR. during the spring 2017 semester. Kinkead will advise students on project work based in the city of Detroit. After the spring semester, Kinkead will continue to serve in an advisory capacity

Kinkead is an architect and designer, currently working as Principal for Urban Design at SmithGroupJJR where he is also co-leader of the firm’s national urban design practice.

Before joining SmithGroupJJR, he was the Founding Director and Director of Projects for Detroit Future City, an urban think-tank dedicated to Detroit’s innovative, equitable, and durable recovery. He was also Design Principal for Architecture at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit and Urban Designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York.
Kinkead graduated with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture.

Aaron Jones

This spring, we will also be joined by Aaron Jones (Architecture ’11). Jones is a registered architect, illustrator, and fabricator based in Detroit. He specializes in the production of experimental theaters, pop-up structures, comic books, performance art, and critical writing, working in collaboration with leading creative professionals and organizations around the world.

Jones holds a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was a fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State. Since 2011, Aaron has practiced on Detroit’s east side as co-founder of Talking Dolls Studio, and he has taught at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design. Recently, Aaron was awarded a research residency from the BEMIS Center and participated in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Along with Wesley Taylor (2D Design ’11), Aaron co-runs an exhibition space in Los Angeles called Big Models – where they work out ideas regarding contemporary design.

We also look forward to welcoming a variety of architectural professionals over the coming months, such as Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, who will stop by our studios to deliver lectures and talk with students.