Professor Brandon Ro is passionate about teaching and inspiring the next generation of design professionals. His experience in the profession informs the way he approaches architectural education by striking a balance between theory and practice. He currently teaches architectural design studios, architectural history and theory, and three-dimensional representation at Utah Valley University (UVU). He has developed curriculum for new courses at UVU that required new content, such as exams, quizzes, lectures, assignments, and projects. Under his mentorship in these courses, multiple student projects are under review for publication and have garnered industry recognition, juried awards, and international news coverage. His commitment to excellence in teaching is also demonstrated by the high level of satisfaction from student course evaluations (average rating of 4.8 out of 5).
Besides serving as a frequent guest critic and juror at different architecture schools around the country, Professor Ro has been invited to deliver a number of presentations, lectures, workshops, and seminars at institutions of higher learning as well as to groups of practitioners, clients, and the general public. Topics in these activities cover a range of areas including classical design principles, comparative sacred space, architectural history and theory, aesthetic experience, cultural studies, post-occupancy evaluation survey research, evidence-based design processes, and how to apply research in practice.
BROWSE TEACHING RELATED TOPICS
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION – TEACHING + RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Architectural design and theory emphasizing phenomenology
- Evidence-based design, performance-based design, pre/post-occupancy evaluation
- Architecture’s effect on human experience, perception, behavior
- Sustainable design and environmental systems integration
- Architectural history, historiography, and reception history
- Cultural, social, political, and religious influences on architectural diversity
- Architecture as text: comparison, interpretation, meaning
- Beauty and the aesthetics of place, space, and form
- Morphology of sacred architecture and urbanism
- Material culture of religion: architectural representations and embodiment of myth, rite, ritual
- Theories of sacred geometry, proportions, and composition in classical architecture and art
For a full list of teaching related accomplishments, courses taught, curriculum developed, and design critic activities, see Professor Ro’s full Curriculum Vitae at the link below: