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Architect-in-Residence Gretchen Wilkins

Architect-in-Residence Gretchen Wilkins

Gretchen has been practicing and teaching architecture for nearly twenty years based in Michigan, Australia and Vietnam. Her practice includes built work, awarded competitions, funded urban research and design publication. Her current practice explores new models for density, industry and mobility in rapidly transforming cities. The Future Factory project in particular proposes new industrial building types for high-rise, high-volume production integrated with the public urban realm. Her architectural practice has been awarded and exhibited internationally, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Urban Lab+ at University College London, and publications with Architectural Design (AD), Princeton Architectural Press and Routledge (Distributed Urbanism: Cities after Google Earth). She has also received several notable grants for architectural design research including from the Australia-China Council, the Japan Foundation, the Asia-Cultural Council and the James L. Knight Foundation. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and PhD in Architecture from RMIT University (“Manufacturing Urbanism: an architectural practice for unfinished cities”). Previously Gretchen was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan and Associate Professor of Architecture at RMIT University. There she served as Head of Department – Design overseeing programs in Architecture, Fashion, Digital Media and Design Studies at the Vietnam campus, and Program Director for the Master of Urban Design degree based in Melbourne, Barcelona and Ho Chi Minh City.

Making Vietnam
Gretchen Wilkins, Graham Crist, Andre Bonnice