John Comazzi



University of Michigan: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Master of Science in Architectural History and Theory; University of Michigan: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Master of Architecture; University of Virginia: School of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Architecture


Professor Comazzi’s teaching, research, and scholarship focus on the following areas: mid-century Modern architecture and design; design theory and criticism; architecture photography; the design of active learning environments for PK-12 education; and design-build practices. He is the author a monograph on Balthazar Korab, one of the most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers of the Modern era (Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), and is currently writing a monograph on the Miller House and Gardens in Columbus, IN (forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press).

Professor Comazzi joined the faculty in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia in the Fall of 2017 as the Director of the Design Thinking Concentration. Hired as part of the University's "Cluster Hiring Initiative," Professor Comazzi has a faculty appointment in the School of Education and Human Development where he collaborates on interdisciplinary teaching, research, and curriculum development. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, he held teaching positions at the University of Michigan (Lecturer 1999-2006), and the University of Minnesota (Assistant Professor 2006-2012, Associate Professor with Tenure 2012-2017) where he was the Director of the Undergraduate B.S. Degree Program (Major in Architecture) from 2012-2015.


In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Comazzi has practiced design in architecture and planning firms in the Washington D.C. area, Michigan, and Minnesota, and has directed numerous Design-Build projects with architecture and landscape students in Michigan and Minnesota. Professor Comazzi is currently a member (and Secretary) of the Board of Directors for the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO).

Professor Comazzi has received numerous grants and awards in the support of his research and scholarship including two Individual Grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2011 and 2016), an Access to Artistic Excellence Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (2009), and a resident fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation (Fall 2017). His monograph on Balthazar Korab was named one of nine "Best Architecture Books of 2012" by The Guardian UK, and one of 20 "Michigan Notable Books of 2013" by the State Library of Michigan.

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