An educator, writer and designer, Keith Krumwiede has been appointed to the faculty of NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design as an associate professor. Krumwiede, whose current research focuses on the development of sustainable, climate-responsive, mid-rise urban housing prototypes, is working on a book, Gross Domestic Product, about the recent history of the American single-family house with attention to the changes that occurred in its design, production, and delivery during the last housing boom. He will join the talents of more than 20 other new faculty members on campus this fall. The newcomers will add momentum to NJIT’s strategic plan for making a major impact on the quality of life in the 21st century. This interdisciplinary initiative is focused on three vital areas: convergent life science and engineering, “digital everyware” — ubiquitous computing — and sustainable systems.The women and men joining NJIT to serve a growing student body bring expertise that spans diverse supporting clusters. These include advanced manufacturing, architecture design and construction, big data, biochemistry, business systems, material science and engineering, and sensing and control.
“NJIT’s academic status and interdisciplinary strategy have attracted people at various stages of their careers, and who offer NJIT both distinctive abilities and new resources,” says Provost Ian Gatley. “Enthusiasm for NJIT’s interdisciplinary commitment was apparent during the search process. Everyone interviewed spoke about how the problems they work on are inherently interdisciplinary, how they like to work on teams, how they look forward to collaborating with colleagues across disciplines.” Donald Sebastian, NJIT’s senior vice president for research and development, emphasizes that connecting with real-world issues is at the heart of expectations for a technological research university. “Academic disciplines are the core of the university and the framework for learning. However, their alignment with industries of the future is not as obvious as with those sectors that have prevailed over the last century. Our strategic research thrusts are designed to make those 21st-century connections explicit.” Convergent life science and engineering, digital everyware and sustainable systems — themes that transcend departments or colleges — shaped NJIT’s hiring plan, he adds.
Before arriving at NJIT, Krumwiede was an associate professor and assistant dean at the Yale University School of Architecture where he was awarded the King-Lui Wu Award for Distinguished Teaching. Prior to that, he served on the faculty at Rice University School of Architecture, where he was the Gus Sessions Wortham Assistant Professor, and at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is a co-founder and partner of Standard, an architecture and design practice with offices in Los Angeles and New York. He has written about the sub-networks and porous enclaves of Los Angeles, the almost viral annexations pattern of Texas cities, and the sophisticated and sinister practices of homebuilders. He has designed furniture, books, installations, and buildings (along with several urban plans).
One of his best-known works is the exhibit “Freedomland,” an architectural fiction, described in Domus, the Italian journal of architecture and design, as a biting satire, it reinterprets the Jeffersonian grid in the context of the housing crisis.
Krumwiede received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in architecture the Southern California Institute of Architecture.