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Steven Mankouche is a registered architect and an Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College. He teaches architectural fabrication, construction as well as graduate and undergraduate design studios. Steven was born in Athens, Greece and grew up in Milan, Italy. He received his architectural training at Cornell University (B. Arch + M. Arch) and the Architectural Association in London (RIBA Part One). His practice, Atelier Mankouche, a multi-disciplinary collaboration with artist Abigail Murray, focuses on issues concerning material culture, participatory design and its relation to constructed space. Mankouche has lectured and taught architecture at institutions in the US and abroad, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Fachhochschule Liechtenstein. He has received numerous fellowships and awards including: Architect Magazine 2013 Progressive Architecture Award, two Architect Magazine R+D Awards (2013 + 2010), two Un-Built Architecture awards from the Boston Society of Architects, 2003 Young Architects Award from the New York Architectural League, the Willard A. Oberdick Fellowship at the University of Michigan, a combined Ceramics and Architecture fellowship at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and Architecture in Residence fellowship at Akademie Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. His work has been displayed at national and international exhibitions including: 2009 Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Hilversum Museum, the 1st International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, Art Prize at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the Architectural League of New York, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, Scripps College in Clermont California, the University of Toronto and Cornell University. His most recent research involves revisiting 19th century materials and fabrication methods through contemporary digital practices (ARCHOLAB) and gaming as a design strategy for empowering under-represented communities in the design development of their built immediate environment (MFG).

Steven Mankouche is a co-founder of the Metropolitan Futures Group (MFG), a trans-disciplinary design consortium comprised of internationally recognized researchers and designers across different University of Michigan academic units. MFG was established to address the problem of the notable absence of design in policy processes that affect the organization, form and materiality of constructed environments, and, therefore, issues concerning quality of life. Recognizing that the relationships between urbanism and the environment are dynamically shaped by a multitude of geographically and temporally isolated events and decision makers, MFG prioritizes education, community outreach and design as essential tools to inform and shape emerging visions of future metropolitan environments. As a partnership, MFG offers several key areas of expertise that are powerful tools to address complex problems tied to issues of sustainability and urbanism. Furthermore, MFG is distinguished by its unique combination of and demonstrated ability to synthesize six key areas of specialty: Architecture, Community Engagement, Economics, Infrastructure Engineering, Urban Design and Visualization. This expertise extends across a range of analytical, speculative and constructed projects that work across a range of scales and with broad constituencies including community participants, local municipalities, non-profit organizations, federal agencies and academics.

Steven Mankouche is also a co-founder of ARCHOLAB, Architectural Research Collaborative with Matthew Schulte and Joshua Bard. This cross institutional collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University focuses on exploring digital technology to revisit and revive lost historic construction methods and practices. A primary driver behind ARCHOLAB's work is the understanding that pre-electrification technologies while being craft intensive are also most often centered around natural, low carbon footprint materials which are less predictable than highly industrialized materials. ARCHOLAB is interested in why certain material and methods are no longer in use and what drove them into extinction. Historic construction methods according to ARCHOLAB have deep seeded cultural roots which when investigated using digital fabrication tools such as multi axial robotic arms shed meaningful insight on the relation between haptic knowledge and craft as well as the economics of modern industrial manufacturing and the politics of labor.

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