TEACHING

TEACHING HEADER

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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES TAUGHT

Fall 2015

Design Studio, “The Sacred: A Design Charrette,” team advisor to interdisciplinary vertical studio of undergraduate and graduate architecture, planning, and interdisciplinary design students, University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, Salt Lake City, UT.

Spring 2013

ARPL 212/512 – History of Architecture II, Graduate Teaching Assistant with Michelle Rinehart, Ed. D. (Course survey: 800 – 1750 AD) – Responsibilities included assisting in week long study abroad component within the course to Rome and Florence, Italy, leading exam review sessions, and overseeing student grading/attendance                     

Fall 2012

ARPL 211/511 – History of Architecture I, Graduate Teaching Assistant with Cynthia Field, Ph.D. (Course survey: 3500 BC – 1000 AD) – Responsibilities included delivering short lectures, leading weekly discussion section for course (25 undergraduate students), preparing student assignments, and overseeing student grading/attendance

INVITED JUROR/CRITIC/DESIGN STUDIO REVIEW ACTIVITIES

2019

Guest Critic. Thesis Design Review – Graduate Students, University of Idaho, College of Art and Architecture, Boise, ID (Spring semester, 2019).

2018

Invited Juror. Advanced Design Workshop, University of Utah School of Architecture and Planning, Salt Lake City, UT (Spring semester, 2018).

 

Invited Juror. First-year architectural design studio, University of Utah School of Architecture and Planning, Salt Lake City, UT (Spring semester, 2018).

2015

Guest Critic. Basic Design Workshop, University of Utah School of Architecture and Planning, Salt Lake City, UT (Spring semester, 2015).

2014

Guest Critic. Basic Design Workshop, University of Utah School of Architecture and Planning, Salt Lake City, UT (Fall semester, 2014).

Guest Critic. Basic Design Workshop, University of Utah School of Architecture and Planning, Salt Lake City, UT (Spring semester, 2014).

2013

Guest Critic. Basic Design Workshop, University of Utah School of Architecture and Planning, Salt Lake City, UT (Fall semester, 2013).

Guest Juror. “Spirit of Place/Spirit of Design” graduate architecture studio, Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, Washington, DC (Spring semester, 2013).

Guest Juror. Second-year architectural design studio, Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, Washington, DC (Spring semester, 2013).

2012

Guest Juror. Second-year architectural design studio, Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, Washington, DC (Fall semester, 2013).


SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS: CONFERENCES + SYMPOSIA

PAPERS / ABSTRACTS / POSTERS

2019

Ro, Brandon. “Temples as Text: The Swinging Pendulum of Ritual-Architectural Priorities.” Paper to be presented at the 2019 Mormon History Association Conference – Isolation and Integration, Salt Lake City, UT, June 6-9, 2019. (FORTHCOMING – ACCEPTED FOR PRESENTATION)

Ro, Brandon. “The Hermeneutics of Gendered Sacred Space: Multivalent Perspectives from the Christian Tradition.” Paper to be presented at the Eleventh Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum Symposium – Continuity in/or Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality, Taliesen West, AZ, May 16-17, 2019. (FORTHCOMING – ACCEPTED FOR PRESENTATION)

2015

Ro, Brandon. “Sacred Time as One Eternal Round: Understanding the Chiastic Pattern of Temple, Cosmos, History.” Paper presented at the Seventh Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Symposium – Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality, Ghost Ranch, NM, June 18-21, 2015. Video presentation: https://youtu.be/dDf749kbEHU

2014

Ro, Brandon. “What is a Temple? A Preliminary Assessment of Mormon and Non-Mormon Architectural Perceptions for Designers.” Paper presented at the “Bridges and Byways: Traversing the Mormon Landscape” Sunstone Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, July 30 – August 2, 2014. Video presentation: http://youtu.be/OsHM99sUK70

2013

Ro, Brandon. “The Idealized Temple Morphology: Surveying the Public Perception of Sacred Architecture.” Poster presented at the 2013 Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Architectural Research Conference.  University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, March 27-30, 2013.

2012

Ro, Brandon. “The Mormon Temple Ritual-Architectural Experience: Connections to Jewish and Catholic Ritual Contexts and Sacred History.” Paper presented at the 30th Meeting of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, October 17-20, 2012. Video presentation: https://youtu.be/OeREsLe5LEU

Ro, Brandon, and Julio Bermudez. “Extraordinary Architectural Experiences: Comparative Study of Three Paradigmatic Cases of Sacred Spaces, the Pantheon, the Chartres Cathedral and the Chapel of Ronchamp.” Paper presented at Ambiances in Action : 2nd International Congress on Ambiances. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada, Sept 19 – 22, 2012.

2010

Ro, Brandon, and Andrew Coyne. “Best Practices: Student Energy Efficiency,” invited panelist, presented at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2010. Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA (June 20 – 23, 2010).

Ro, Brandon, Cynthia Joe, and Andrew Coyne. “Cal Poly Pomona Green Campus: Student Energy Efficiency,” poster presented at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2010. Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA (June 20 – 23, 2010).

Ro, Brandon, and Andrew Coyne. “Pledges and Videos: Students Campaigning for Sustainability,” invited seminar, presented at the Student Convergence, California Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2010. Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA (June 23, 2010).

Ro, Brandon. “Showcasing the Green Campus Program.” Poster presented at the Market Place of Ideas Poster Session Exhibition, Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition. Washington D.C. Convention Center, Washington D. C., May 10 – 12, 2010.

2008

Ro, Brandon. “Cal Poly Pomona’s Parking Structure Lighting Audit,” invited speaker, 2008 CSU Facilities Management Conference: Create Tomorrow Together. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA (October 21-24, 2008).

 

NON-CREDIT CLASSES, PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, INVITED LECTURES, SPEECHES

2018

Invited seminar, “Streamlining Project Management: Lessons from the Asana Platform,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (April 9, 2018).

2017

Invited lecture, “The Transformative Power of Sacred Architecture: Exploring Ritual-Architectural Priorities and Evidence-Based Design for Sacred Spaces,” presented to the Graduate Sacred Space Theory Seminar, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America (October 23, 2017).

Invited presentation, “What is a Temple? Exploring Architectural Concepts for Temple Design,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (March 20, 2017).

2016

Invited workshop, “Ornament is (not) a Crime,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (December 15, 2016).

Invited presentation, “Templum Dei: Exploring the Language of Sacred Architecture,” Evening Salon discussion hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – Utah Chapter, given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (September 1, 2016). Available online: https://youtu.be/4wFF9BHihf4

Invited presentation, “Energy Efficiency in the Workplace: Feasibility Study for Implementing Computer Power Management,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (June 13, 2016).

Invited presentation, “From Esquisse to Analytique: Learning Design Composition through Analytical Sketching & Measured Drawings,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (May 4, 2016).

2015

Invited workshop, “Out of Obscurity: Bringing your Architecture into the Limelight – Competitions, Publications, Research,” Bēhance Portfolio Review Workshop series, University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, Salt Lake City, UT (October 19, 2015).

Invited presentation, “Occupant Satisfaction and Building Evaluation: Results of VCBO’s Office Survey,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (January 19, 2015).

Non-Credit Course, “Educating Elementary Children through Architecture,” taught to fifth grade students at Uinta Elementary School, Salt Lake City, UT (January – April, 2015) (8 week course includes lessons and activities about the fundamentals of architectural design, such as scale, space, structure, rhythm, typology, collaboration, infrastructure, planning, and presentation. Final project follows a design studio approach and results in each student designing a building to fit within a city block and larger city development)

2014

Invited presentation, “Life with(out) Buildings: Understanding the Role of the Architect,” given at Northern Utah STEM Career and College Expo, Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT (November 11, 2014)

Invited presentation, “The Digital Architectural Presence: Content Marketing as Information Sharing,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (October 6, 2014; September 28, 2015)

Invited presentation, “Implementing Architectural Research into Practice: Understanding Post-Occupancy Evaluation,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (August 22, 2014)

Invited presentation, “Architecture, Cosmos, History: Lessons from Sacred Space,” given at VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT (July 22, 2014).

Invited lecture, “One Eternal Round: Temple, Cosmos, and History,” presented to the Temple Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT (July 2, 2014).

Invited speech, “Reflections,” invited speech for Box City: Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture (EECTA). Salt Lake City Library, Salt Lake City, UT (April 30, 2014).

Non-Credit Course, “Educating Elementary Children through Architecture,” taught to fourth grade students at Oakdale Elementary School, Sandy, UT (January – April, 2014) (8 week course includes lessons and activities about the fundamentals of architectural design, such as scale, space, structure, rhythm, typology, collaboration, infrastructure, planning, and presentation. Final project follows a design studio approach and results in each student designing a building to fit within a city block and larger city development)

2013

Invited presentation, “The Effects of Catholic Sacred Architecture on Transformative Human Experiences: A (Re)evaluation of Evidence-Based Design through an Empirical Test of a Conceptual Model,” delivered to Thesis Super Jury, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (May 10, 2013).

Invited lecture, “Heavenly Patterns + The Plan of Salvation: Eternal Truths found in Mormon, Jewish, + Catholic Sacred Architecture,” presented to the Temple Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT (April 18, 2013).

Invited artist talk, “David’s Tower: Between Heaven and Earth,” given at the opening reception for the exhibit “Box of Miracles: Contemplating a 21st Century Convent.” Presented at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC (January 29, 2013).

2012

Invited presentation, “Heavenly Patterns + Sacred Symbols: Seeking the Lord and His Eternal Truths in Scripture, Art, & Architecture,” given to local church congregation, Alexandria, VA (December 30, 2012).

2011

Invited lecture, “The Sacred Return Home: The Existential Narrative of Sacred Space,” presented to the Solar Decathlon Design Studio, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America (September 12, 2011).

2010

Invited lecture, “Understanding Cultural Sustainability: Behavioral Trends in the University,” presented to architecture students in ARC 461: Behavioral Factors in Architecture (Prof. Denise Lawrence). California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (November 30, 2010).

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