Michael Jemtrud is an Association Professor of Architecture at McGill University and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. He is serving a two-year appointment as a Resident Faculty Fellow within the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University, through 2014. He was the former Director of the School of Architecture, McGill University (2007-2011) and is the Founding Director of a research centre, the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM).
His teaching and research focuses on traditional and technologically-mediated methodologies and practices in architecture, urban design, and related artistic practices. The research approach cultivated in FARMM is a humanities-based research-creation methodology that aims to produce cultural content alongside traditional scholarship in architecture, urban design, preservation, and related artistic disciplines while simultaneously developing technology, techniques, and tools for creative activity and design. His research agenda encompasses the investigation and development of new technologies and expertise in 3-D and time-based new media, high-performance visualization, network-based and distributed participatory work environments for community design and education. Support for Jemtrud’s research has included awards and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Heritage, CANARIE, IBM, and various other internal and external agencies in excess of $18 million.
His current SSHRC Research Creation in the fine arts grant entitled “Modeling the Methodologies of Our Time” explores the manner in which contemporary models of the biomorphic, biomimetic, parametric, and environmental play out in the design and realization of architecture. Besides the theoretical and practical nature of digital media and design methodologies he teaches design studio, the theory of representation and design, philosophy of technology, and the theories of artistry found in the work of 20th century avant-garde and contemporary artists.
He was recently a Research Associate at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal and has numerous awards, writings, and lectures abroad. He taught at Carleton University from 2000-2007 and was Graduate Programs coordinator from 2001-2004. He was the Founding Director of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (Carleton University, 2000-07). He has served as the Canadian Director on the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture board and has served on the Journal of Architectural Education editorial board.