Gernot Riether

Contact Info

Title: Director, School of Architecture; Assoc. Professor
Phone: 973-596-3594
Dept: College of Architecture and Design


Gernot Riether is the Director of the School of Architecture and Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In his Digital Design Build Studio he and his students are researching new novel computer controlled fabrication and manufacturing methods. He previously taught at Kennesaw State University, Ball State University, ENSA Paris La Villette, Georgia Tech, NYIT and Barnard College at Columbia University and is lecturing internationally.

His Digital Design Build Studio won competitions such as the design of the AIA Pavilion for the American Institute of Architects in New Orleans with a hydroponic spherical enclosure made of environmentally friendly polymers. The studio was commissioned for projects such as a public installation for the Nuit Blanche Festival in Paris where he took cues from biology to digitally create a lightweight structural envelope for a pavilion in which interactive art projects were displayed.

Projects from the Digital Design Build Studio were presented at the Centre Pompidou, featured in books on digital design and fabrication and published in prominent publications such as Architectural Record and DETAIL. Riether’s studio has been funded by the AIA, the Austrian government, non-profit organizations such as MainX24, material fabricators, the construction industry and universities. His forthcoming book, Urban Machines, co-authored with architect Marcella Del Signore, explores the relationship between public urban spaces and information technology.


KSU-ARCH 1241 Design Communication I (coordinated and taught)

KSU-ARCH 1002 First year design studio, Spring 2016

NJIT-ARCH 263 Design I, Fall 2016

NJIT-ARCH 4230 Building Construction III


Publications (2016)

Book contributions

Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students, Johnson s. J., Vermillion J., p. 175-179, Routledge, 2016, New York and London

Conference presentations and proceedings

Riether G. (2016) “A Public Space for a Digital Age,” in the proceedings of SIGraDI, 20th Congreso de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital, Crowd thinking, Buenos Aires, Argentina, p. 424-429

Riether G., Wit A. (2016) “The Underwood Pavilion,” in the proceedings of AAG, Advanced Architectural Geometry Converence, Zuerich, Switzerland

Riether G. (2016) “An Introduction to Scripting,” in the proceedings of DCA, Design Communication Association Converence, Bozeman, MT

Riether G., DelSignore M. (2016) “Hacking Urban Space, The Agency of the Open Source City,” 104th ACSA Annual Meeting, Shaping New Knowledges, Seattle, WA

Accepted papers

Riether G., DelSignore M. (2017) “Networking Public Space,” 105th ACSA Annual Meeting, Brooklyn Says,”Move to Detroit”

Accepted Abstracts

Riether G. (2017) “Urban Blanket,” CAADRIA, the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, “Protocols, Flows and Glitches”