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Dr. Edgardo Perez-Maldonado

Dr. Edgardo Perez-Maldonado

Department Chair, Department of Architecture and Interior Design

Dr. Edgardo Perez-Maldonado is Chair of Judson’s Architecture and Interior Design Department, having served both in the field of Architecture and in academia around the country and around the world for more than 13 years. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Dr. Perez-Malonado completed his Ph.D. in history at the Inter-American University Metropolitan Campus, concentrating on topics of urbanism, architecture, and culture. Additionally, he completed a Master of Architecture at the Savannah College of Arts and Design. For several years, he trained as a professional designer working for architecture and urban design firms in San Juan, New York, and Savannah. 

Christopher Lauriat

Assistant Professor | Assistant Chair, Department of Architecture and Interior Design

Christopher Lauriat is assistant professor of Architecture and assistant chair, Department of Architecture and Interior Design. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University and bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Environmental Engineering from Ball State University. With expertise in ecclesiastical and residential architecture, Professor Lauriat continues to pursue design projects. He has taught at Judson since 2010 and spent two years as a guest instructor at Wheaton College, focusing on design studio, digital representation, and theory courses. Christopher and his wife, Jacqueline, are members of Wheaton Bible Church and are raising two daughters.

Alan Frost

Alan Frost

Associate Professor

Alan Frost, RA, LEED AP, teaches design courses in the third year and graduate levels. As a designer, thinker, and fabricator, his interests occupy the intersection of the practical and conceptual; exploration and critique; and making and thinking. He believes that creating designs infused with layers of meaning leads to a deeper and richer experience of the built environment. Professor Frost has served as the Director of the Digital Fabrication Lab at Judson University, where he trained and mentored students in the use of laser cutters, 3D printers, and other digital fabrication tools. He is a registered architect in the State of Illinois and has more than 15 years of experience working in a variety of architectural practices, from small design-build contractors to large international design firms.

Sean Gallagher

Associate Professor

Sean Gallagher teaches at the third and fourth year levels in design and technology, with graduate level classes focusing on the practice of architecture.  He is an active practitioner with an office in Geneva, Illinois.  His practice serves communities on Chicago’s north shore and suburbs of the Fox Valley. His design teaching and interests focus on the potential for architecture to reveal and connect humanity with the created order through the tectonic integration of natural phenomenon.  Professor Gallagher also serves as the programs Intern Development Program Educator Coordinator (IDP-EC).

Dr. Andressa Martinez

Dr. Andressa Martinez

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Dr. Andressa Martinez earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the School of Architecture at FAU/UFRJ – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She earned a Master’s and a Doctorate in Urban Design from PROURB/UFRJ. Her current research is focused on methodological design studies, digital design processes, and fabrication. She is also an active member of non-profit associations related to the use of computers in Architecture, such as SIGraDi, in South American, and as an annual reviewer for the European Conference (eCAADe).

Marcos Petroli

Assistant Professor

Marcos Petroli is Assistant Professor of Architecture. He earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the College of Architecture, Federal University of Rio Grande; his Master’s from the History and Theory of Architecture from the Federal University of Rio Grande; and a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. He grew up in Brazil and was raised with Catholic teachings and values. He has publications written in both English and Portuguese in several countries and his research is focused on the modern civic buildings in the Americas. He has also participated in a number of non-profit organizations.

Michael Meissner

Michael Meissner

Visiting Assistant Professor  |  Director of Fabrication

Award-winning architect and entrepreneur Michael Meissner is Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Judson. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture in Design from the University of Illinois Chicago Campus Circle and has been an Illinois Registered Architect since 1983. He is passionate about solving challenging problems in order to benefit the local and global communities. He has previously taught as an Assistant Adjunct Professor and served as a mentor to junior architects. He also has delivered lectures at several academic and professional institutions.

John Loritsch

John Loritsch

Visiting Assistant Professor

John Loritsch, visting assistant professor for architecture, earned a degree in architecture at Iowa State in 1975 and then worked in Minneapolis. In 1979, he returned to his hometown of Chicago to begin a long employment with Otis Associates, eventually forming Otis Koglin Wilson, where he became a partner during a 29-year relationship. His commercial work focused on the mid-rise/ mixed-use market in addition to schools, athletic facilities, and residential projects. After retiring from Rinsinger Associates, he became an adjunct professor at Judson in January 2018

Dr. Luis Fernando Nunez

Dr. Luis Fernando Nunez

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Luis Fernando Nunez studied Architecture and earned a Master’s Degree in Architectural Design in Mexico, where he graduated with Honors. He also studied for his Ph.D. in Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He was a full-time professor at Monterrey Tec University Campus Querétaro, Director of the Architecture Program and Department as well as Dean of the School of Architecture, Art and Design of Monterrey Tec University. He has taught in France at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has lectured at specialized conferences stressing the importance of the “spirit of place” and topics related to sustainability in Architecture and Urbanism. Leading his own professional firm, he has carried out more than 30 architectural projects, some of them awarded nationally, including the building for the School of Architecture, Art and Design of Monterrey Tec, which received a LEED Platinum certification by the USGBC.

Dan Hussey

Dan Hussey

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dan Hussey, visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, has been an adjunct professor in architecture at Judson since January of 2019.Prior to Judson, he spent the last 32 years building his private architectural firm, Hussey Architects Ltd. Dan worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago and taught at both the University of Notre Dame and Andrews University earlier in his career. Over the years, he has lectured at and participated in reviews at various universities, and guided summer programs for young aspiring architects. He received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Notre Dame and a Masters of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University. He is active in coaching high school sports in soccer and basketball and has headed up many athletic organizations for over 30 years. Dan is passionate about promoting sustainability and traditional architecture and advocates for study abroad for the students.

Joan Kaufman

Joan Kaufman

Adjunct Professor

Joan Kaufman, FASID, LEED AP, is adjunct professor of interior design and founder of Interior Planning & Design Inc., which creates interior environments through space planning, interior design, lighting, color, finishes, furniture and art. Professor Kaufman has won many awards for design and is known as a strong leader in eco-friendly design. Her firm’s work has been featured in local and national publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Interiors and Sources, Architectural Lighting, Better Homes & Gardens, Remodeling Ideas, Window Fashions, and West Suburban Living.

   
   

Dr. Edgardo Perez-Maldonado

Department Chair  

Dr. Edgardo Perez-Maldonado is Chair of Judson’s Architecture and Interior Design Department, having served both in the field of Architecture and in academia around the country and around the world for more than 13 years. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Dr. Perez-Malonado completed his Ph.D. in history at the Inter-American University Metropolitan Campus, concentrating on topics of urbanism, architecture, and culture. Additionally, he completed a Master of Architecture at the Savannah College of Arts and Design. For several years, he trained as a professional designer working for architecture and urban design firms in San Juan, New York, and Savannah. 

Christopher Lauriat

Assistant Professor | Assistant Chair, Department of Architecture and Interior Design

Christopher Lauriat is assistant professor of Architecture and assistant chair, Department of Architecture and Interior Design. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University and bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Environmental Engineering from Ball State University. With expertise in ecclesiastical and residential architecture, Professor Lauriat continues to pursue design projects. He has taught at Judson since 2010 and spent two years as a guest instructor at Wheaton College, focusing on design studio, digital representation, and theory courses. Christopher and his wife, Jacqueline, are members of Wheaton Bible Church and are raising two daughters.

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Curtis Sartor, Jr, Ph.D.

Professor | Associate Vice President for Diversity and Spiritual Development

Curtis Sartor has been teaching architecture for over twenty years and has practiced with architectural firms in San Francisco and Atlanta, with specific experience in the design and planning of commercial, residential and institutional projects in both the public and private sector. He teaches courses in environmental design & earth stewardship and multiculturalism & non-western architecture. Curtis’ teaching interests are in the area of sustainable design, beginning architectural design, environmental design, cultural anthropology, architectural programming, applied research methodologies, diversity education, African American and Native American cultures.

Sean Gallagher

Associate Professor

Sean Gallagher teaches at the third and fourth year levels in design and technology, with graduate level classes focusing on the practice of architecture.  He is an active practitioner with an office in Geneva, Illinois.  His practice serves communities on Chicago’s north shore and suburbs of the Fox Valley. His design teaching and interests focus on the potential for architecture to reveal and connect humanity with the created order through the tectonic integration of natural phenomenon.  Professor Gallagher also serves as the programs Intern Development Program Educator Coordinator (IDP-EC).

Alan Frost

Associate Professor

Alan Frost, RA, LEED AP, teaches design courses in the third year and graduate levels. As a designer, thinker, and fabricator, his interests occupy the intersection of the practical and conceptual; exploration and critique; and making and thinking. He believes that creating designs infused with layers of meaning leads to a deeper and richer experience of the built environment. Professor Frost has served as the Director of the Digital Fabrication Lab at Judson University, where he trained and mentored students in the use of laser cutters, 3D printers, and other digital fabrication tools. He is a registered architect in the State of Illinois and has more than 15 years of experience working in a variety of architectural practices, from small design-build contractors to large international design firms.

Marcos Petroli

Assistant Professor

Thomas Jaeger

R. Thomas Jaeger

Senior University Lecturer

Tom Jaeger is an architect and academician with over 50 years of simultaneous service in both professions. He co-ordinates and teaches in the fourth year integrated architectural design courses. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture where he served as acting director, Chair in Structures, Design and Technology for the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. He has received applied research grants from the Kettering Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been a Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at Michigan State University, and served by appointment on the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia. He is the consulting principal of Jaeger Nickola Kuhlman & Associates Ltd. Architects of Park Ridge and is the recipient of the 2014 American Institute of Architects Illinois Gold Medal Award, the state’s highest honor for outstanding lifetime service to the profession of architecture.

 

John Loritsch

Visiting Assistant Professor

 

Michael Meissner

Visiting Assistant Professor  |  Director of Fabrication

   
   
   
   

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