Billie Faircloth, AIA + Stephen Kieran, FAIA: School of Architecture – AIA Triangle Joint Lecture

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Billie Faircloth, AIA + Stephen Kieran, FAIA: School of Architecture – AIA Triangle Joint Lecture

October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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School of Architecture – AIA Triangle Joint Lecture

DATE: 10/23/2017

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Burns Auditorium, College of Design

Billie Faircloth, AIA + Stephen Kieran, FAIA of KieranTimberlake


KieranTimberlake seeks ways to improve the art, quality, and craft of architecture by developing new materials, processes, assemblies, and products. This leads the firm to conduct deep investigations during design that bring together the diverse fields of architecture, environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and more. The result is a detailed and crafted architecture that is resonant and compelling to its users because it embodies the vision of its people and its place in the world. In this talk, Partners Billie Faircloth and Stephen Kieran will discuss ways the firm seeks great specificity of information to inform thoughtful and beautiful design.

About Billie Faircloth, AIA [BEDA ’92, B.Arch ’94]

In her professional and academic research, Billie Faircloth conspires to pursue an answer to the question, “Why do we build the way that we do?”

She leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment.

Billie oversees the deep investigations that initiate and inform each project at KieranTimberlake. During design, she guides teams in questioning and answering through empirical experiments, prototypes, and custom analysis tools created by the research group. She participates in the development of technology to inform high-performance design, including Wireless Sensor NetworksPredictive Temperature Modeling tools, and Tally™, an application for Revit that provides accurate life-cycle data and reporting tools to designers. She is leading the development of Ideal Choice Homes, an affordable, quick-to-build housing solution for India.

Billie lectures at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is a Visiting Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed research studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies.

Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural EducationPrinceton Architectural PressRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now: On Architecture’s Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material was published by Routledge in Spring 2015. She lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences, including the Australian Institute of Architects, University of Nottingham, University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephen Kieran, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Stephen Kieran is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. He received a Bachelor of Art from Yale University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 1980-81. Along with his partner James Timberlake, Stephen received the first Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows. KieranTimberlake has received numerous design citations including the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture. Kieran has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book, refabricating Architecture. In addition to his architectural practice, he teaches a graduate research studio at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, and has held professorships at the University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton University.


October 23, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


College of Design