Design Building 331
Jordan Kanter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture. He teaches design studios and seminars focused on building technology, architectural representation, and computational design and fabrication approaches. Jordan’s research focuses on the intersections between built and natural environments, and the ways these systems interact, overlap, and map onto one another. His work spans a variety of scales and domains, from interactive architectural installations, modular housing typologies, to region-scale infrastructure systems.
Before joining the faculty at UMass, Jordan taught at IIT in Chicago and Tsinghua and Tianjin Universities in China. He holds a Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Bachelors of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jordan was an Associate at Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles, where his work included housing for the formerly homeless, student housing, and infrastructure projects. He was also a Senior Designer at MAD in Beijing, where he led the design for the award-winning Harbin Opera House (completed in 2015) and other significant cultural projects. Jordan is a senior researcher at Solar River, a research initiative focused on transforming the water-energy nexus by placing solar structures over water infrastructure, and has his own design practice, foundCity.