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Dana Gulling

Professor of Architecture, Director of Graduate Program in Architecture

Brooks Hall 310D


Professor Gulling joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 2012. Prior to joining NCSU, Prof. Gulling was at University of New Mexico and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Her teaching experience and research are at the intersection of building technology and design. Prof. Gulling teaches a wide range of courses at a variety of levels, including graduate and undergraduate design studios; lecture courses on building materials, architectural structures, building assemblies, and systems integration; and introduction to architectural drawing. Currently, Prof. Gulling teaches an advanced, interdisciplinary studio with faculty from the NC State Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering that focuses on precast concrete.

One of the things that sets Prof. Gulling apart from other designers is her belief that building technology can lead design instead of serving design. Building technology has led the design process in her research, creative work, and teaching innovations. By placing more emphasis on the making process in the beginning of design, architects can have great influence in the research of new materials, assemblies, fabrication methods, and building systems. Her research is within this framework. She contends by working directly with manufacturers and fabricators, architects can offer innovative design solutions for buildings and building products. By expanding architects’ role beyond that of building designer, the profession may become more broad-based, able to respond to different design issues, and better prepared for research and development opportunities.

Prof. Gulling professional experience has been primarily institutional work. She has worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, in New York; VOA in Chicago; Herbert S. Newman and Partners, in New Haven CT; and with Gehry and Partners for the University of Connecticut Fine Arts Building. She is a licensed architect in Connecticut and North Carolina.


Master of Architecture Yale University

Bachelor of Architecture University of Notre Dame

Area(s) of Expertise

Customized Repetitive Manufacturing, Construction and Assemblies, Building Detailing and Design, Prefabrication, Pedagogical Practices in Building Technology