Dr. Chris Luebkeman is a bridge builder of many kinds. He has been formally educated as a geologist, structural engineer and architect. He is a third generation educator and individual who believes that successful design cannot be separated from breadth of knowledge and steadfast inquiry. He is a cum laude Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) graduate of Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Science (Civil Engineering) graduate of Cornell University. At Cornell he was introduced to the Engineering marvels of Robert Maillart and traveled to Switzerland to become an understudy to Prof. Christian Menn at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).
In 1987 he was asked to join the design office of Santiago Calatrava where he introduced structural computer modeling to this new office. He returned to the ETH to study architecture and completed his doctorate there in 1992. During this time he founded his consultancy ‘Second Generation Design’ in which he worked with artists and architects to realize their design dreams. He was also a full-time faculty member of the Department of Architecture teaching structural engineering. Since leaving Switzerland, he has since been a faculty member of the Departments of Architecture at the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Oregon he created the first Architectural Portal on the Web entitled ‘the Architectonics Studio.
His architectural practice focused on low-impact zero-energy homes; his engineering practice on mobile and deployable structures, and his teaching practice on the integration of building systems. His research program at MIT which continues today, is entitled ‘house_n – MIT’s intelligent home of the future.’