Jeana Ripple



The University of Michigan, Master of Architecture with high distinction;
The University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering


Jeana Ripple is a registered architect, principal and co-founder of the collaborative architecture firm, Mir Collective. Ripple’s work is recognized through international awards, competitions, and exhibitions for the translation of material manufacturing techniques into innovative architectural systems promoting local economic growth.  

Ripple's upcoming book, "The Type V City: Codifying Material Inequity in Urban America" (The University of Texas at Austin Press, forthcoming 2021), examines the role of wood frame construction and building codes in shaping American material and social vulnerabilities. This scholarship expands frameworks for material resilience in architecture by analyzing the social dimensions often left out of architectural material standards, including the ties between building material and neighborhood disinvestment, health risks, exclusionary labor, racialized assessments, building lifespan, and sustainability.

Ripple is one of six founding editors for the ACSA / Taylor and Francis journal, TAD: Technology | Architecture + Design, and was the issue editor for TAD’s second issue, “Simulations: Modeling, Measuring, and Disrupting Design”. Prior to joining UVA, Ripple practiced at Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, where she led numerous building and landscape projects.

Ripple’s teaching combines design and advanced technology. Her courses include a design-based parametric structures course, graduate and undergraduate foundation design studios, material-prototyping studios, and advanced design computation courses. Ripple has been recognized by two national awards, the ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award and the BTES Emerging Faculty Award, for innovative approaches to teaching building technology through design and performance-simulation. Ripple’s practice, scholarship, and teaching draw upon her combined background as a computer science engineer and architect to frame material resilience through a systems framework with varying scales, inputs, and objectives.


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