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Jeana D'Agostino Ripple

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 313
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan
Biography

Jeana Ripple is an architect, principal and co-founder of the collaborative architecture firm, MIR Collective and research practice, Ripple Architecture Studio. Ripple’s work is recognized through international awards, competitions, and exhibitions for the translation of material manufacturing techniques into innovative architectural systems promoting local economic growth.  Her practice and scholarship expand research frameworks for material resilience in architecture. She is currently completing a manuscript under contract with ORO Editions / AR + D Publishing called, The Type V City: Codifying Urban Material Resilience. The book analyzes building code-induced urban material pattern and performance. Ripple is one of six founding editors for the ACSA / Taylor and Francis journal, TAD: Technology | Architecture + Design, and was the issue editor for TAD’s second issue, “Simulations: Modeling, Measuring, and Disrupting Design”.  Prior to joining UVA, Ripple practiced at Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, where she led numerous building and landscape projects.

Ripple’s teaching combines design and advanced technology. Her courses include a design-based parametric structures course, graduate foundation design studios, material-prototyping studios, and advanced design computation courses.  Ripple has been recognized by two national awards for innovative approaches to teaching building technology through design and performance-simulation. Ripple’s practice, scholarship, and teaching draw upon her combined background as a computer science engineer and architect to frame material resilience through a systems framework with varying scales, inputs, and objectives.

design-manufacture-build: Expanding Youth STEAM Learning and Civic Capacity Through Collaborative Making
Source: U.S. Nfah - Nat'L Endowment For The Arts
February 01, 2018 – January 31, 2022
ARCH 3010: Research Studio I
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 2020
ARCH 3270: Intro Parametric Structural Design
Credits: 3
This second course in structures for undergraduate students focuses on synthesis of structural issues and design. Prerequisite: ARCH 2240
ARCH 3500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 3
Topical offerings in architecture.
PLAN 3810: Climate Justice in Cities
Credits: 3
This course introduces design & systems thinking techniques to address the interrelated crises of climate change & social inequity in U.S. cities. It asks how such transformational change might work - examining the socio-technical context,challenges, & opportunities that animate systems change in the built world. Students will learn through readings,discussions,lectures, & workshops to develop interdisciplinary creative problem-solving skills
ARCH 4820: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Selected students lead a seminar (of 8 to 10 younger students each) for 'Lessons of the Lawn' and 'Lessons in Making.' All student assistants attend class lectures (for a second time) and then meet with their seminar groups weekly, leading discussions of topics and questions raised by the instructor.
ARCH 4821: Research Experience
Credits: 3
Student will engage with faculty on selected topics in Architecture Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
ARCH 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 6020: Foundation Studio II
Credits: 6
The second graduate foundation studio develops spatial, programmatic, tectonic relationships through the design of a civic, urban institution. Students utilize architectural design as a form of analysis and exploration. Primary modes of architectural design include physical model-making at multiple scales, analytical drawings in plan and section, the study of material tectonic precedents, and the visual and verbal articulation of an argument.
ARCH 6270: Parametric Structural Design
Credits: 3
New integration of structural analysis into standard design software links design with immediate analysis and feedback, allowing architects to extend their structural intuition. This course covers basic structural systems, their historical development, design considerations, and analysis through physical and parametric modeling.
ARCH 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ARCH 8801: Research Experience
Credits: 3
Student will engage with faculty on selected topics in Architecture Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
ARCH 8993: Advanced Independent Research
Credits: 1–3
Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8995: Thesis II
Credits: 6
Thesis II . Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.
ARCH 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.

2018       $40,000 Grant Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Design + Manufacture + Build. PI: Jeana Ripple, Co-PI: Barbara Brown Wilson

2017       SEED Network Award: Honorable Mention for Excellence in Community Engagement, ArtHouse Gary, Ripple Architecture Studio (design) +  Barbara Brown Wilson (community engagement)

2017       $50,000 Grant Award, UVA Humanities Informatics, Smart Environments. Project Co-Directors:  Mona El Khafif, Jeana Ripple

2016       First Place, Surface International Competition, Bloomberg Philanthropies sponsored Public Art Challenge: ArtHouse Gary; Ripple Architecture Studio (design) + Barbara Wilson (community engagement)

2016       First Place, Illumination International Competition, Bloomberg Philanthropies sponsored Public Art Challenge: ArtHouse Gary; Ripple Architecture Studio (design) + Barbara Wilson (community engagement)

2015       AIA VA Emerging Professional Award. The Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

2015       ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award – Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture /

American Institute of Architecture Students

2015       BTES Emerging Educator Award – Building Technology Educators Society

2014       $14,000 Grant Award, Jefferson Trust, Design-Driven Manufacturing Studio. PI: Jeana Ripple

2014       AIA Award of Excellence in Materials and Innovation to Jeana Ripple for Breathe Wall: Microstructure Infrastructure. The 2014 Unbuilt Architecture Awards. The Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

2014       AIA Design Award to Jeana Ripple for Evaporative Skin. The 2014 Unbuilt Architecture Awards. The Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

2013       Finalist (4 of 96), Evaporative Skin, Tex-Fab SKIN international fabrication competition; Ripple Architecture Studio

2013       $38,960 Grant Award, UVA Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Arts in Action Grant, Design-Driven Manufacturing, PIs: Jeana Ripple and Suzanne Moomaw

2013       $45,000 Grant Award, Jefferson Trust, Big Data Grants, Tools and Principles for Representing Complex Systems, co-PIs: Jeana Ripple and Shayn Pierce-Cottler