Katie MacDonald

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall, Office 406
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Harvard University
Cornell University

Katie MacDonald is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and Cofounder of After Architecture. Her research critiques standardized building materials, which face new lifecycle questions and overextended supply chains amid the current environmental crisis. Such work explores how technology can help reconcile the intentions of the designer with the irregularity of natural materials and processes, leveraging data and feedback to reframe authorship. Research focuses on rapidly renewable materials such as invasive plant species and bamboo and have been supported by the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, the Arnold W. Brunner Grant, the Robert James Eidlitiz Fellowship, and the Paul M. Heffernan Award, among others. 

MacDonald’s practice, After Architecture, is named to convey the built environment's impact on cultures and ecologies. With a focus on material cultures and public space, After Architecture has completed projects in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington D.C., California, and Europe including a memorial in Washington D.C. and an installation at the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth.” Prior to joining UVA, MacDonald was the 2019-2020 Tennessee Architecture Fellow at the University of Tennessee where she co-organized the “Authorship and the Anthropocene” Symposium. She has been recognized as “Next Progressive” by Architect Magazine, “Emerging Designer” in the Virginia By Design Awards, and “Curbed Young Gun” by Curbed National. Her work has been profiled in The New York Times, Architect Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Archinect, Madame Architect, Azure, and others. 

ARCH 3020: Foundation Studio V
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3010
ARCH 4010: Research Studio
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ARCH 4011: Design Thinking Studio III
Credits: 6
This is a studio based course on Architectural design thinking with a focus on creative approaches to analyzing and solving diverse problems. Prerequisite: ARCH 3021
SARC 5993: Independent Study: School of Architecture
Credits: 1–4
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 6261: Building Workshop II
Credits: 4
The Building Workshop II addresses building science and technology topics that influence the built environment for safe and healthy human occupation. BIW 2 focuses on tactile material practices and innovation through prototype fabrication, digital simulation, and physical performance testing.
ARCH 7010: Foundation Studio III
Credits: 6
Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing analysis and synthesis of complex contextual, cultural, and constructional issues. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or chair permission.
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 1
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
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