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Jennifer Gaugler


PhD candidate, teacher, and architectural designer

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Jennifer Gaugler


PhD candidate, teacher, and architectural designer

 
 

ABOUT ME

I earned a Bachelor's degree in architecture from MIT in 2005 and then worked for several years at a Boston architecture firm on a variety of architecture and historic preservation projects. While pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at Tulane University from 2009 to 2011, I participated in a number of community outreach initiatives including a design-build studio project to benefit a local non-profit. 

After graduating from Tulane, I was hired by a non-profit architecture design group to work in Rwanda on the renovation of a maternity hospital and the construction of doctors' houses. I was immersed in the emerging field of architectural practice in Rwanda, in both the capital city of Kigali and a rural village in the mountains, and found a source of great inspiration for future research. 

In the PhD program at U.C. Berkeley, I have studied the historic and contemporary architecture and urbanism of East Africa, and my research interests include globalization, postcolonialism, vernacular building traditions, and urban planning. I am currently writing my dissertation on modernism, preservation, and identity in Rwandan architecture.

 
 
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Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Ph.D. (expected 2018)

TULANE UNIVERSITY
Master of Architecture, 2011

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Bachelor of Science in Art and Design (major in architecture), 2005


QUALIFICATIONS

LEED Accredited Professional


teaching experience

INSTRUCTOR
University of Rwanda

Spring 2017: “Architecture and Modernity" (undergraduate level)

  • Created a new course, developed syllabus, gave lectures, created assignments, graded assignments.


GUEST INSTRUCTOR
University of Rwanda

Spring 2017: "Theory of Architecture III" (undergraduate level)

  • (4 weeks) Delivered lectures, created assignments, graded assignments.


TEACHING ASSISTANT
University of California, Berkeley

Fall 2015: “History of Modern Architecture" (graduate level)

  • Responsible for running a weekly seminar, grading, holding review sessions, and office hours.

Spring 2015: “American Cultural Landscapes, 1900-Present” (undergraduate level)

  • Responsible for running a weekly section meeting, lesson planning, grading, review sessions, and office hours.


THESIS SEMINAR INSTRUCTOR
Tulane University

Fall 2010: "Thesis Seminar" (graduate level)

  • Co-founded and co-taught a weekly thesis peer review seminar.  Provided a venue for discussion and feedback on concepts, writing, and design work for Master of Architecture thesis students.


TEACHING ASSISTANT
Tulane University

Spring 2009: “History of Architecture: Ancient to Medieval” (undergraduate level)

  • Graded all exams and papers, proctored exams, and advised students who requested help with the course.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENTS (IASTE) 
Nov. 2013 - May 2015

  • Coordinator for interdisciplinary organization for cross-cultural study of traditional dwellings and settlements. Responsibilities include conference planning, journal management, and organization of membership database.
     

GOODY CLANCY & ASSOCIATES
March 2013 - August 2013

  • Managed a historic preservation drawing set for the renovation of two buildings. Performed site documentation, construction detailing, coordination with consultants, code research, cost review, materials specifications.
     

MASS DESIGN GROUP
August 2011 - August 2012

  • Design Fellow in Rwanda on hospital design, housing design, and construction administration of houses built with compressed earth blocks. Construction detailing, landscape and infrastructure work, documentation, budget.
     

GOODY CLANCY & ASSOCIATES
August 2005 - August 2009

  • Job captain responsibilities included managing drawing sets, coordinating with consultants, construction detailing, drafting, and 3D modeling.  Projects included historic dormitories, mixed-use housing, and church renovation.    
     

GAIL SULLIVAN ASSOCIATES
January 2005

  • Internship included building a physical presentation model and drafting AutoCAD plans, sections, and elevations.
     

CHANGING PLACES/HOUSE_n, MIT DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE
Summer 2003

  • Research assistant in a lab which investigates design strategies for the “home of the future.” CAD and 3D work.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

RESEARCH IN AFRICA
August 2011 - August 2012

  • Interviewed Rwandan construction crew; analyzed the economics of earth block production. Surveyed urban house types; documented vernacular buildings in Rwanda and Uganda.


TULANE CITY CENTER
January 2010 - January 2011

  • Research assistant for analysis and design of new housing prototypes. Produced schematic drawings, researched master plans, mapped urban conditions, created presentation materials, managed a team of four students.
     

TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP
Summer 2010

  • Awarded a fellowship to study the architecture of Joze Plecnik. Traveled to Prague, Vienna, and Ljubljana (Slovenia) for documentation and analysis.  School-wide lecture presented at Tulane in November of 2010.


GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
September 2009 - May 2011

  • Research, editing, and image collection for a book examining the relationship of several architects and artists to German theology and philosophy.  


DESIGN-BUILD STUDIO
Fall 2009

  • Participated in a design-build studio which developed a new interior partition, shelving, and desk system as well as off-site manufacturing and transport logistics for The Neighborhood Story Project, a New Orleans nonprofit.  


HOUSING BOOK
October 2008 - August 2009

  • Project manager for second edition of Building Type Basics: Housing.  Worked with Goody Clancy principals on researching trends in housing and advances in building technology, wrote selected chapters and case studies.

AWARDS

2013 - Regents Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
2011 - AIA Medal, Tulane School of Architecture
2011 - AIA New Orleans Merit Award
2011 - Tulane 34 Award for exemplary academic performance, service, and leadership, Tulane University
2011 - Thesis Commendation, Tulane School of Architecture
2010 - Class of ‘73 Travel Fellowship, Tulane School of Architecture
2005 - MIT Undergraduate Faculty Design Award


PRESENTATIONS

“The Fluidity of Scale and Time in Joze Plecnik’s Ljubljana.”
European Association for Architectural Education/Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference.
Milan, Italy, June 2012


INVITED TALKS

"Drawing to Scale"
San Francisco Art Institute
March 13, 2015

"Building with Compressed Earth Blocks in Rwanda"
MIT
November 5, 2012


SERVICE

Student Representative to the PhD Faculty Committee
2014 - 2015, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Student Colloquium Organizer
Spring 2011, Tulane School of Architecture

Graduate Student Government Founder
Fall 2010, Tulane School of Architecture

Student Representative to the Faculty Committee
2010 - 2011, Tulane School of Architecture

Committee Leader with Boston Cares
2007 - 2009

Project Leader with Boston Cares
2006 - 2009


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