Joshua Vermillion is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While his teaching, as of late, has been focused on beginning design foundations, his research deals with architectural applications of computational design methods and parametric design, digital fabrication tools and techniques, robotics and responsive systems, and other emerging technologies. The thread connecting all of these efforts in research, creative work, and (as much as possible) teaching fall under three categories within a larger “umbrella” of Digital Craft:
1) Digital information as a medium to be skillfully manipulated (parametric and algorithmic design)
2) Digital information used in the skillful shaping of physical materials (digital fabrication)
3) Digital information embedded within our material environments (situated technologies, sensing, and robotics)
During the spring of 2014, Joshua was the invited Taylor Seminar Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Prior to his appointment at UNLV, Joshua taught design studios, seminars, and lecture courses in the Department of Architecture at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While at Ball State, he co-founded i-MADE through a grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation. i-MADE was an applied research + immersive learning institute focused on bringing students, faculty, and design professionals together with regional industry partners to work on mutually beneficial projects utilizing design, computation, and fabrication. Prior to joining academe full time, Joshua worked professionally at several architecture firms including NBBJ’s Columbus office.
Joshua has spoken worldwide and has published and presented peer-reviewed research at ACADIA, SIGRADI, eCAADe, ACSA, NCBDS, and ARCC conferences, as well as the International Journal of Architecture Computing. He co-authored and edited the recently published book “Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students” with Jason S. Johnson (Routledge, 2016). As an educator, Joshua’s students have won design awards and competitions, and as a designer, Joshua’s collaborative work has been featured in diverse media outlets including WIRED.com, ArchDaily, AD, SUCKERPUNCH, Architect Magazine, Core10, and other magazines, books, and blogs. In 2017, Joshua received the Fielden Medal for contributions of excellence to architectural education from UNLV’s School of Architecture.
In his free time, Joshua enjoys exploring, hiking, and photographing the American southwest; playing games with his wife and two children; and compulsively checking news, email, and social media on his smart phone 🙂