Taubman College

Faculty Directory

  • Neal Robinson
  • Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture
  • Office: Liberty Research Annex
  • rbneal@umich.edu
  • CV

Teaching Areas:

  • Design
  • Technology

Neal Robinson teaches design and construction logics in both the graduate level Master's Thesis sequence and the undergraduate core curriculum. He is the current coordinator of the Summer 3G Design Fundamentals course as well as Design Fundamentals 1 for undergraduates. Recently taught classes include, Thesis Preparatory Seminar, Thesis Design, and Building Anatomy & Technologies. From 2009-2011 Robinson directed the college's Florence, Italy, study abroad program at Villa Corsi-Salviati in Sesto Fiorentino. Robinson also participates as a faculty coordinator for University of Michigan's Design + Build Workshop – an occasional program in which Taubman College faculty pair with architecture students to design and construct intensive small-scale environments in and around the collegiate campus.

Mr. Robinson received his Master of Architecture from Rice University and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a licensed architect and has worked with SOM/San Francisco and the Atlanta office of Cooper Carry and Associates. In 1998, Robinson established SKYLAB Architectures, a community-based design practice in Atlanta, Georgia, that teamed with artisans, entrepreneurs, and curious trades to realize both domestic and institutional urban interiors, civic artifacts, political stagings and strategies of reclamation for a "post-apocOlympic" city. In 2000, Robinson traded latitudes and co-founded WETSU, a design+build practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that attempted to intensify the spatial relationship between cultural dizziness and the labor of labor. It worked. WETSU received recognition for design excellence from ID, Contract, and Wallpaper* magazines and was awarded a Michigan AIA Award in 2006. In 2007, Robinson accelerated his interest in neurotoxicity with the instigation of nspace, an evangelic architectural practice that champions the "exuberant and synthetic condensation of spatial optimism." It's a hand-full.

Current monikers include; Calorie-Counter, Dirt-Dauber, Lawn-Mower, Gastronaut, and Stone-Turner.

Registered Architect: Michigan, Georgia

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