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Maged Guerguis

Associate Professor, McCarty Holsaple McCarty Endowed Professor

School of Architecture

Maged Guerguis is an associate professor of design and structural technology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design. Maged earned a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Maged is a designer, researcher, and educator who has received recognition with awards such as the SOM Foundation Research Fellowship and Travel Award, AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award, United States Green Building Council Emerald Award, Architizer A+ Awards, and Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award.

Expertise & Interests

Maged is the director of Soft Boundaries, a multidisciplinary design firm, and research laboratory investigating areas where design concepts overlap with sciences such as Biology, Biochemistry, Robotics, and Differential Geometry. His current research at UTK focuses on the development of high performance integrated construction systems using large-scale additive manufacturing, digital fabrication, novel materials, and advanced computational design methods. In this framework, his research investigates the possibilities of additively-manufactured architecture and the potential impact of this new emerging typology on contemporary design practices.

In addition to his current position at UTK, Maged was previously appointed as Professor of Practice at the College of Architecture and Design. He has taught and lectured at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and Iowa State University. His design work has been widely published and exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Prior to joining UTK, Maged was a senior designer at Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) in Chicago where he designed and developed a broad range of award-winning corporate, mixed-use, and residential projects. While at SOM, he was the lead designer of AMIE 1.0, the world’s largest 3D-printed polymer structure, an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with the UTK Governor’s Chair and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Selected Projects:
• Lujiazui World Trade Center Urban Design (Shanghai, China)
• 447 Collins (Melbourne, Australia )
• Greenland Zhengzhou Expo City (Zhengzhou, China)
• Pazhou Star River Headquarters (Pazhou, China)
• Ayala Triangle Gardens (Makati, Philippine)
• Sanlin Riverfront Eco-District (Shanghai, China)
• China World Trade Center (Beijing, China)
• AMIE 1.0 (Knoxville, TN)
• Mount Street Tower (Sidney, Australia)
• Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce Tower (Guangzhou, China)
• Downtown Fargo Block 9 ( Fargo, ND)
• Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library (Chicago, Illinois)


Selected Publications


Soft Boundaries: The Emergence of Material Energies

Conference Proceedings

High-performance 3D printed façade with integrated energy: built works and advancements in computational simulation
Advanced Building Skins 2017

Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy – Enabling Innovative Solutions for Buildings of The Future
Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 2017 by ASME

Big Area Additive Manufacturing Applied To Buildings
Buildings XIII Conference


Algorithmic Design for 3D printing at Building Scale
International Journal of Modern Research in Engineering and Technology (IJMRET)

Interdisciplinary Education in Architectural Design, Building Engineering, And Technology
National Science Foundation
Enhancing Interdisciplinary Education and Diversity in Education


Courses Taught

ARCH 583 – Architectural Design: Urbanism
ARCH 571 – Design IV: Building in the Urban Context
ARCH 547 – Structural Principles in Architecture
ARCH 496 – Advanced Architectural Design: Thematic Studio
ARCH 372 – Architectural Design IV
ARCH 363 – Design Implementation III: Building in Concrete and Hybrid Systems
ARCH 321 – Representation IV: Information Modeling
ARCH 271 – Design III: Territory I


Masters of Architecture, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013

Bachelor of Architecture, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt, 2001