JEANA RIPPLE

Assistant Professor + Graduate Program Director, Architecture

Education: University of Michigan, Master of Architecture with high distinction


Jeana Ripple is an architect, principal and co-founder of the collaborative architecture firm, MIR Collective and research practice, Ripple Architecture Studio. Ripple’s work is recognized through international awards, competitions, and exhibitions for the translation of material manufacturing techniques into innovative architectural systems promoting local economic growth.  Her practice and scholarship expand research frameworks for material resilience in architecture. She is currently completing a manuscript under contract with ORO Editions / AR + D Publishing called, The Type V City: Codifying Urban Material Resilience. The book analyzes building code-induced urban material pattern and performance. Ripple is one of six founding editors for the ACSA / Taylor and Francis journal, TAD: Technology | Architecture + Design, and was the issue editor for TAD’s second issue, “Simulations: Modeling, Measuring, and Disrupting Design”.  Prior to joining UVA, Ripple practiced at Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, where she led numerous building and landscape projects.

Ripple’s teaching combines design and advanced technology. Her courses include a design-based parametric structures course, graduate foundation design studios, material-prototyping studios, and advanced design computation courses.  Ripple has been recognized by two national awards for innovative approaches to teaching building technology through design and performance-simulation. Ripple’s practice, scholarship, and teaching draw upon her combined background as a computer science engineer and architect to frame material resilience through a systems framework with varying scales, inputs, and objectives.


2017       Ripple, Jeana (issue editor). Simulations: Modeling, Measuring, and Disrupting Design. TAD, Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design. 1:2. November, 2017.

2017       Ripple, Jeana. Disengage, Augment, Adapt. TAD, Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design. 1:2. November, 2017. p 3-4.

2017       Brause, Ford, Olsen, Ripple, Uihlein, Zarzycki (founding editors). Why TAD?  TAD, Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design. 1:1. March, 2017. p 1-2.

2017       From Bit to It: The Demand for Networked Building Codes in the Smart City. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. 105th annual conference proceedings. 2017.

2017       Manufacturing the Material City: Responsive Material Codes and Industrial Growth. Building Technology Educators Society (BTES) conference proceedings. 2017.

2017       ArtHouse, Ripple Architecture Studio + Barbara B. Wilson, Architectural Record. April, 2017.

2017       Breathe Wall, Ripple Architecture Studio, Architect Magazine, October, 2017.

2016       Ripple, Jeana. The Type V City: Encoding Material Inequity. The Journal of Architectural Education. 70:1. March, 2016.

2016       Beyond Optimization: Contemporary Trends in Digital Design Engineering in “Structures and Architecture: Beyond their Limits,” edited by Paulo J. Cruz. CRC Press. 2016

2016       Shared Structural Parameters: Interfaces of Collaborative Exchange in “Structures and Architecture: Beyond their Limits,” edited by Paulo J. Cruz. CRC Press. 2016

2015       Ripple, Jeana. Meta-Notation for Architects: How Architectural Drawings can Borrow from Big Data Visualization. Translated by Tina Tian. Landscape Architecture Frontiers Journal, No. 3, Volume 3, 2015. pp 36-45.

2014       Ripple, Jeana. Design-Driven Manufacturing: Place and Product. co-authored with S. Moomaw. The International Design Collection. Design Principles and Practices, Volume 8, Issue 01, 2014.  pp 11-18.

2014       Ripple Architecture Studio: Evaporative Skin. SKIN: Digital Assemblies Exhibition, University of Houston College of Architecture.

2014       Ripple Architecture Studio: Evaporative Skin and Breathe Wall. Local Designers Global Visions Exhibition. District Architecture Center, Washington, D.C.

2013       Ripple Architecture Studio: Evaporative Skin. Tex Fab Exhibition. ACADIA Adaptive Architecture International Conference, University of Waterloo, Canada.

2018       $40,000 Grant Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Design + Manufacture + Build. PI: Jeana Ripple, Co-PI: Barbara Brown Wilson

2017       SEED Network Award: Honorable Mention for Excellence in Community Engagement, ArtHouse Gary, Ripple Architecture Studio (design) +  Barbara Brown Wilson (community engagement)

2017       $50,000 Grant Award, UVA Humanities Informatics, Smart Environments. Project Co-Directors:  Mona El Khafif, Jeana Ripple

2016       First Place, Surface International Competition, Bloomberg Philanthropies sponsored Public Art Challenge: ArtHouse Gary; Ripple Architecture Studio (design) + Barbara Wilson (community engagement)

2016       First Place, Illumination International Competition, Bloomberg Philanthropies sponsored Public Art Challenge: ArtHouse Gary; Ripple Architecture Studio (design) + Barbara Wilson (community engagement)

2015       AIA VA Emerging Professional Award. The Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

2015       ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award – Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture /

American Institute of Architecture Students

2015       BTES Emerging Educator Award – Building Technology Educators Society

2014       $14,000 Grant Award, Jefferson Trust, Design-Driven Manufacturing Studio. PI: Jeana Ripple

2014       AIA Award of Excellence in Materials and Innovation to Jeana Ripple for Breathe Wall: Microstructure Infrastructure. The 2014 Unbuilt Architecture Awards. The Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

2014       AIA Design Award to Jeana Ripple for Evaporative Skin. The 2014 Unbuilt Architecture Awards. The Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

2013       Finalist (4 of 96), Evaporative Skin, Tex-Fab SKIN international fabrication competition; Ripple Architecture Studio

2013       $38,960 Grant Award, UVA Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Arts in Action Grant, Design-Driven Manufacturing, PIs: Jeana Ripple and Suzanne Moomaw

2013       $45,000 Grant Award, Jefferson Trust, Big Data Grants, Tools and Principles for Representing Complex Systems, co-PIs: Jeana Ripple and Shayn Pierce-Cottler