Rob Corser, AIA is an architect, educator and designer who has worked and taught in the US, Italy and the UK. Educated at the University of Virginia and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Corser has won numerous academic awards including Harvard’s Peter Rice Prize for the integration of engineering and architecture. Design Intelligence magazine named him one of the “30 Most Admired Educators” in design for 2013. He has taught at Syracuse University and the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at the University of Washington where he teaches architectural design, computer applications and digital fabrication courses. Corser is a licensed architect in the states of California and Washington, and his professional experience includes work in San Francisco and London.
Dedicated to design in the service of diverse communities, he has led collaborative design-build programs in Italy, and in post-Katrina New Orleans. In Washington, he has led award-winning programs working in collaboration with community groups in Twisp and Forks. His research focuses on collaborative design, and construction systems and strategies for deployable and sustainable structures. Some of this work continues areas of research born during his time as a member of ARUP’s Advanced Geometry Unit in London. Several of his furniture and building system designs have been featured in publications and exhibitions like the recent book: “The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design” and the exhibit “Design for the Other 90%” at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.