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Kyle Schumann

Tennessee Architecture Fellow 2019-2020

School of Architecture

Kyle Schumann is Co-founder of After Architecture and the 2019-2020 Tennessee Architecture Fellow at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Schumann’s research focuses on how emerging technology, fabrication, and robotics can transform sustainable materials, most recently garnering funding from the American Institute of Architects’ Upjohn Research Initiative, the Center for Architecture’s Arnold W. Brunner grant, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. He has taught at Syracuse University, Cornell University, Princeton University, and Virginia Tech.

Schumann received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University where he was awarded the Princeton University Fellowship and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University where he was awarded the William S. Downing Prize for Architectural Design. He is the recipient of the Robert A.M. Stern Architects Travel Fellowship and the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship. His professional training includes work at the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Anmahian Winton Architects.


Master of Architecture, Princeton University, 2018
Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University, 2013


Book Chapters

“Villagio ENI: The Utopian Retreat of Oil Magnate Enrico Mattei and Alpine Modernist Edoardo Gellner” in The Afterlife of Fascism: The Reception of Modern Italian Architecture and Urbanism, Forthcoming.

“Alpine Modernism: Sensitive Identities and Regional Placemaking” in Tradition and Invention: RAMSA Travel Fellowship 2013-17. New York: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, 2018.

Conference Papers

“Digital Fabrication of Standardless Materials” in Ubiquity and Autonomy, Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA 2019), Forthcoming.

“Airforming: Incremental Formwork-Free Molding of a Freeform Surface through the Application of Heat under Variable Pressure” in 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA): Intelligent & Informed, 2019.

“Barriers for Bamboo: Stigma and Perception in the Western Cultural Context” in Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2019 Conference: Future Praxis: Applied Research as a Bridge Between Theory and Practice, 2019.

“Structural Performance of Faced Calcutta Bamboo (Dendrocalamus Strictus) for use in Joined Structural Assemblies” in Proceedings from the 4th International Sustainable Buildings Symposium (ISBS), 2019.

“Crutches No More: Reframing Philip Johnson’s Seven Crutches as Pedagogic Tools” in Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 106th Annual Meeting: The Ethical Imperative, 2018.

Honors & Awards


“Smart Cross-Laminated Bamboo” AIA Arnold W. Brunner Grant, Center for Architecture, 2019-2020.

“Smart Cross-Laminated Bamboo” Major SEAD Grant, Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities and Creativity + Innovation Initiatives, Virginia Tech, 2019–2020.

“Retooling Bamboo Tectonics: From Vernacular Aesthetics to Milled Material System” AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, American Institute of Architects, 2018–2020.

“Tooling Bamboo Growth: Design & Grow with Computer Numerical Control” Creativity and Innovation Grant, Virginia Tech, 2018-2019.

“Alpine Modernism: Sensitive Identities and Regional Placemaking” RAMSA Travel Fellowship, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, 2017.

“Edoardo Gellner: The Regional Modernism of an Austro-Italian” Robert James Eidlitz Travel Fellowship, Cornell University, 2017.


Curbed Young Guns: Emerging Designer Under 35, Curbed National, 2014

Next LA Honor Award, AIA Los Angeles, 2014.

William S. Downing Prize for Architectural Design, Cornell University, 2013