Michael Gibson joined the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University in 2011 as an Assistant Professor, teaching design studios, digital design and fabrication, construction technology, and environmental systems. In the past, Michael’s students have also collaborated with community and industry partners to design and build full-scale projects with immersive learning and technology research outcomes.
Michael received his professional M.Arch degree (’06) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his B.A.Arch (’02) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and is credentialed as a LEED Accredited Professional. During his time on the faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, he was a fellow at the Center for Energy Research, Education, and Service (CERES) and the Institute for Digital Fabrication. He is a member of the editorial board of Enquiry, the Journal of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium, and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects.
Michael’s research focuses on the integration of emerging technologies in construction and environmental performance, often using full-scale prototypes and computer simulation in the process of research. His research has been funded both internally and externally as well as published internationally. In 2008, Michael’s research in the area of building-integrated cooling systems was awarded national-level funding from the American Institute of Architects RPF Research Program. Most recently his building skin research has brought together leading professionals and industry partners with Kansas State students and was recognized with the 2013 NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education.
At Kansas State, Michael teaches design studios and courses in environmental systems and digital architecture. Additionally, Michael has also co-taught summer workshops for the Miami University + Fallingwater Design-Build Studio. He continues to conduct and disseminate research in building technology, fabrication, and environmental performance.
Current research areas include:
- Building envelope performance, with a focus on issues of sustainability and energy efficiency
- Energy simulation and computer modeling (including CFD)
- Prefabricated construction
- Computer-based manufacturing
- Building-integrated and on-site energy generation
- Building-integrated and energy-efficient lighting technology
Michael has also published and presented papers on the theory and application of technology and technology-based collaboration between engineers, manufacturers, and designers.