archolab Architectural Research Collaborative


Steven Mankouche

Associate Professor in Architecture | The University of Michigan |

Steven Mankouche is a registered architect and an Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College. He teaches architectural fabrication, construction as well as graduate and undergraduate design studios. Steven was born in Athens, Greece and grew up in Milan, Italy. He received his architectural training at Cornell University (B. Arch + M. Arch) and the Architectural Association in London (RIBA Part One). His practice, Atelier Mankouche, a multi-disciplinary collaborative focuses on issues concerning focuses on issues concerning material culture and its relation to constructed space. Mankouche has lectured and taught architecture at institutions in the US and abroad, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Fachhochschule Liechtenstein. He has received numerous fellowships and awards including: Architect Magazine 2013 Progressive Architecture Award, 2010 R+D Award, two Un-Built Architecture awards from the Boston Society of Architects, 2003 Young Architects Award from the New York Architectural League, the Willard A. Oberdick Fellowship at the University of Michigan, a combined Ceramics and Architecture fellowship at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and Architecture in Residence fellowship at Akademie Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany His work has been displayed at national and international exhibitions including: 2009 Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Hilversum Museum, the 1st International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, Art Prize at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the Architectural League of New York, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, Scripps College in Clermont California, the University of Toronto and Cornell University. His most recent research involves revisiting 19th century materials and fabrication methods through contemporary digital practices and gaming as a design strategy for empowering under-represented communities in the design development of their built immediate environment.

Joshua Bard

Assistant Professor in Architecture | Carnegie Mellon University |

Joshua D. Bard is a newly appointed assistant professor in the School of Architecture where he teaches in the core undergraduate design studio sequence and instructs seminars in digital fabrication and design media. Joshua’s teaching and research interrogate traditional binaries in design culture (e.g. industry/craft, machine/hand, virtual/physical space, digital/analogue production), discovering new potential for contemporary digital tools in the jettisoned logics of hand and material craft. Joshua is a founding partner of Archolab, an award winning research collaborative finding their bearings at the intersection of architecture’s emerging techno future(s) and a historically grounded commitment to making. Archolab’s research includes Morphfaux, a project that recovers ancient techniques of applied architectural plaster through the lens of robotic manufacturing and Spring Back, a reformulation of steam bending using advanced parametric modeling and digital fabrication tools. Archolab’s work has been recognized with Architect magazine’s R+D Award, an Unbuilt Architecture Citation from the Boston Society of Architects, and a Merit Award from the Canadian Wood Council.

Matthew Schulte

Lecturer in Architecture | University of Michigan |

Matthew Schulte is a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Michigan where he teaches Construction. Matthew is also a designer in collaboration with Atelier Mankouche. He holds an MArch from the University of Michigan and a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. His most recent work explores the complex relationships between historical techniques for fabrication and the engagement of digital tools to describe and produce complex form. His other academic interests include applied material research and speculative explorations of the charged relationships between landscape, industrialscapes, and urban thresholds. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Matthew worked in private architectural practice on projects ranging from small scale renovations and furniture design to integrated living learning college housing facilities.


Abigail Murray

Abigail Murray is an artist and designer living and working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She studied at Skidmore College and Alfred University and received an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She participated in residencies at the European Ceramic Workcenter in the Netherlands and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently, her personal work and her work with Archolab has focused on nature and function, and a personal relationship with the user.

Jono Sturt

Jono Bentley Sturt is founder of the design studio HTCHBCK, a member of the design collective 1/X, and Co-Editor in Chief of G’NAT mag.  He holds both a BS and Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan and has worked at architecture firms both domestic and international. His personal work focuses on the use of narrative structure, material and slant realism.Jono has contributed to multiple award-winning projects with Archolab. Starting summer of 2013, he will be based in Detroit.

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