Smith College, A.B. University of Virginia, M.Arch
Kim Coleman has been a professor at USC since 1983. She has taught and coordinated many levels of the design studio as well as drawing and seminar courses and several years of teaching the introductory freshman lecture course, Architecture 114. From 2008 – 2010 she served as Chair of Undergraduate Programs. After that she continued as Global Program Director, framing opportunities for students to study abroad. She directed and taught programs in Barcelona, Spain and Rome and Como, Italy from 2010 to 2014 and continues to direct and teach in the Barcelona program.
Coleman has maintained a design firm with partner and Adjunct Professor, Mark Cigolle, since moving to Los Angeles in 1982. Their design practice investigates the nature of architectural collaboration, an aspect that is brought back into design teaching. Cigolle X Coleman has engaged a wide-ranging set of architectural priorities: maintaining an architectural practice, acting as general contractor in building their design work, researching theoretical issues through competitions, and teaching. Each activity informs and reforms the ongoing collaborative process. Cigolle X Coleman has won numerous awards for design competitions, educational buildings, and Live/Work houses. The firm engages issues of material, hybridization, and collaboration as both methodology and outcome. The projects embody a multi‑faceted approach to problem‑solving that makes connections to immediate tactile experience while simultaneously drawing from the ideas of culture and history. Each project is approached as a visual discussion about form and ideas. The three Live/Work Houses they have designed and built in the past twenty years, and the trio of Venice live/work houses currently in progress, act as 3D canvases, allowing the opportunity to test ideas about light, space, and material.