Chris Perry

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

Chris Perry

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


Chris Perry is co-principal of the experimental design practice, pneumastudio, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he is Head of Graduate Studies, Director of the Geofutures post-professional graduate program, and Coordinator of the undergraduate thesis sequence, Final Project.

Prior to joining the faculty at 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, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, the Architectural Association in London, and RMIT in Melbourne.

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 the ACADIA 2015 Annual Conference and co-editor of its proceedings book and exhibition catalog. Additionally, he is a member of ACADIA’s Board of Directors.

Perry is co-editor of AD: Collective Intelligence in Design (Wiley-Academy), co-editor of a special issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press), and has published essays in various architecture journals and books, including: ARPA Journal (Columbia), The Digital Turn in Architecture: 1992–2012 (Wiley-Academy), Architecture In:Formation (Routledge), Bracket 2: Goes Soft (Actar), Yale Perspecta (MIT), and AD (Wiley-Academy).

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 a solo exhibition at 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, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Recent publications featuring pneumastudio include ARPA Journal (Columbia), 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). Prior to accepting a tenure-track position at Rensselaer in 2011, he was the recipient of the Homer Burnell Presidential Graduate Fellowship, a five-year full-tuition and stipend fellowship in support of a Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism graduate program at MIT’s School of Architecture.


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