Lauren Matchison, AIA
Master of Architecture, Syracuse University, Florence, Italy
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona
Lauren is a licensed architect who is passionate about teaching. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in both the Architecture and GeoDesign programs. She has taught Design, Visual Representation, Culture and Community, Principles of Spatial Design, and a GE about the socio-cultural impact of the built environment on human behavior. She is also the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Lauren is a licensed architect in California and Arizona and is NCARB certified. She maintains an active practice in the Southern California area specializing in projects that privilege domestic architecture as a critical lens to examine humanity’s relationship to the built environment. A central theme lies in understanding the innate desire for shelter as the motive force behind the vast majority of structures built by mankind. The issues examined are universal but also recognize specific cultural and social mechanisms inherent in any meaningful discourse regarding architecture.
Her teaching philosophy emphasizes spatial awareness with a critical analysis of architectural form and its relationship to context. She strongly believes in design as an empirical process -- that the act of creating and making is an essential way of learning about space and its implications. Her current research interests include architectural education and pedagogy, the intersection of architecture with health and wellness, and architecture and socio-cultural practices.
Phone (work): (213)740-2723