Environmental Design Program Chair
Ann & Batey Gresham Professor of Architecture
206 Dudley Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Master of Science in Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 1990
Diploma Engineer of Architecture, Zagreb University, 1985
Magdalena Garmaz, a chair of the Environmental Design program, is the Ann & Batey Gresham Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. She was born in Split, Croatia, and was trained and worked as an architect prior to coming to the U.S. She has received her MS in Architecture from University of Cincinnati.
Her research and teaching has focused on and relationship of architecture and textiles, exploring different textile techniques and their application in the architecture making process. Over the past several years she has conducted a series of design studio projects that explore different textile techniques and their application in architecture making process: Weaving studio, Soft Boundaries Studio, Silkworm/Body Cocoon Studio, and Quilting Studio.
The work from these studios has been featured in the Metropolis magazine and in the books Exploring Materials by E. Lupton and I. Alesina, and Space Unveiled: Invisible Cultures in the Design Studio, edited by Carla Jackson Bell. The Quilting Studio, a design-build project and a collaboration with prof. Sheri Schumacher and late D.K. Ruth, has resulted in a residence and studio for Ms. Mozell Benson, a nationally renowned quilter from Waverly, Alabama.
In addition to this work, Professor Garmaz studied and wrote extensively on architecture of the Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik. She has won grants from the Alabama Arts Fellowship and the Graham Foundation and has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy in 2007 and 2009, as well as an invited participant at the Banff New Media Institute research summit Inside/Outside: Responsive Environments and Ubiquitous Presence in 2004.
Under Professor Garmaz’s leadership as the interim chair, the Environmental Design program has been re-designed as a flexible, multi-disciplinary degree that builds its strength on the understanding of the interconnected nature of all design and construction disciplines. The BSEV program emphasizes the blend of sustainable practices from a local and global context with comprehensive design and systems thinking.