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Jordan Kanter


Design Building 331

Jordan Kanter is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Architecture. He holds a Professional Degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Bachelors of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jordan’s research focuses on the intersections between built and natural environments, and the ways these systems interact, overlap, and map onto one another. His work spans a variety of scales and domains, from interactive architectural installations, modular housing typologies, to region-scale infrastructure systems. Before joining the faculty at Umass, Jordan taught at IIT in Chicago and Tsinghua and Tianjin Universities in China.

In addition to his research and teaching, Jordan was an Associate at Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles, where his work included housing for the formerly homeless, student housing, and infrastructure projects. He was also a senior designer at MAD in Beijing, where he led the design for the award-winning Harbin Opera House (completed in 2015) and other significant cultural and mixed-use projects. Jordan currently holds the role of senior researcher at Tectonicus, where he oversees research into the social, economic and environmental geography of the water-energy nexus in the southwest US as part of a Department of Energy funded project to develop PV covers over water infrastructure.