Chris Perry

Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Director, Geofutures Master of Science in Architecture Program

Chris Perry

Office: Greene Building, Room # 105
Phone: 518-276-8435

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Chris Perry is co-principal of the experimental design practice, pneumastudio, and Associate Professor at Rensselaer Architecture where he is Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Director of the Geofutures Master of Science in Architecture post-professional program, and Coordinator of the undergraduate thesis sequence, Final Project.

Prior to joining Rensselaer, Perry was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, an endowed professorship, and since 2000 has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Rice University, the University of Toronto, RMIT in Melbourne, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design.

Perry is a recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Prize for Young Architects and Designers and The MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He was co-chair of ACADIA’s 2015 Annual Conference, co-editor of its proceedings, and is a member of its Board of Directors. Perry is co-editor of Collective Intelligence in Design (Wiley-Academy), editor of a monograph of his first design practice, titled servo: networks and environments (DAMDI Publishing), co-editor of a special issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press), and co-chair of the symposium/exhibition Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural.

Perry’s previous design practice, servo, exhibited widely from 1999-2010 including group shows at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, SFMoMA, PS1/MoMA, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Artists Space, and solo exhibitions at Cornell University, UCLA, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Publications of the group’s work include servo: networks and environments, a monograph published by DAMDI Press in Korea, 10x10_2 (Phaidon), The New Mathematics of Architecture (Thames & Hudson), Next Generation Architecture (Rizzoli), and Interactive Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press). servo’s work is also part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the Frac Centre in Orleans, France.

Perry’s current design practice, pneumastudio, established in 2011 with landscape architect Cathryn Dwyre, has exhibited at the Design Museum in Barcelona, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, and the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece. Recent publications featuring pneumastudio include Global Design (Prestel), Architecture Inserted (Yale School of Architecture), Bracket 2: Goes Soft (Actar), and XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design (Actar).

Perry holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he received an Honor Award for Excellence in Design. Following graduation from Columbia and prior to co-founding his first design practice, servo, he was a project designer at Stan Allen Architect (SAA).


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