John Rhett Russo

Contact Info

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 973-596-5579
Dept: Architecture


Bachelor of Environmental Design, Texas A&M University, 1991

Master in Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School Of Architecture Planning and Preservation 1995

Teaching Experience

Visiting Professor, Cornell University, 1996-1997

Visiting Professor, Pratt Institute, 2000-2007

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University 2000-2009
Assistant Professor, Penn Design, 2005-2009
Associate Professor, NJIT, 2009-current

Professional Experience

Design Partner, Specific Objects Inc, 1998-present,

Project Leader, 2001 –2004, RUR Architecture PC, Reiser + Umemoto, NYC,

Project Designer, Project Manager 1998- 2001. Hanrahan & Meyers Architects, NYC,


Designer, 1995-97.Bernard Tschumi Architects, NYC,

Designer, 1992-93.CRSS Architects Inc. Houston, TX.

Selected Publications

Book chapters

Post-Sustainable: Blueprints for a Green Planet, Embodied Energy and the Hidden Complexities of Granular Matter,Metropolis Books, Forthcoming 2013.

Via Dirt, Via Books, Furjan & Crosby Eds. Orbigraphia, Penn Design &MIT Press, 2012.

Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production, Alternative Forms of Malleability, Routledge, 2011.

Meander - Variegating Architecture, Wild Cards & Stacked Decks, Bentley Institute Press, 2010.

Users: Architecture & Post Occupancy: New Designs for Architectural Practice,AIANJ / NJIT, 2012.

Material Evidence: New Designs for Architectural Practice, Information Cascades, pp 16-19, 2010.

306090 Models. The Sensation of Deep & Cryptic Models: The Widmanstätten Pattern. 2008.

Peer reviewed conference papers
ACSA 2013 “Six Facets of Matter: Material Futures for the Architectural Object”
ACSA 2012 “Flies in the Ointment: Reconsidering Detail in a Physiochemical / Chemiophysical Paradigm”
Ambience ’11 “Textiles: Alternative Forms of Malleability”School of textiles, Boras Sweden
ACADIA 2010 “Information as Material: Data Processing & Digital Fabrication Technologies”
ACSA 2010 “Versioning Matter: Recipes for Architectural Ceramic,”
ACSA 2008 “Natural Models: The Cultivation of Material Intelligence”