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Stephen Turk, RA

  • Professor, Architecture Section
274 Knowlton Hall

Stephen Turk is a professor of architecture at the Knowlton School. His writings and design projects focus on issues of representation and the instrumental nature of technology. In addition to architecture, his interests cross many disciplinary boundaries and include film and postmodern theory, interactive networked environments, performance arts, computer aided fabrication, and furniture design. He is a past winner of an Award of Distinction from ID Magazine, the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award, an FEIDAD Digital Design Award and with Lisa Tilder, and the Architecture League of New York’s Young Architects Award.

Turk has participated in exhibitions at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Chicago Architecture League, the Urban Center, the GA Gallery, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Portland Museum of Art. His projects have been published in Global Architecture, Performance Research, ID Magazine, the Journal of Architectural Education and in the collections Design Ecologies: Essays on the Nature of Design and Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives. During the summer of 2012, he worked with Jeffrey Kipnis and Jose Oubrerie on the Piranesi Variations project at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Architecture degree from the Ohio State University. He is a licensed Architect in the State of Ohio.

Recent Work

The Anatomy of the Virtual

Stephen Turk’s Anatomy of the Virtual is a documentary research project presented in cooperation with Jeffrey Kipnis’ Sci-Arc Gallery Exhibition Drawings’ Conclusions. Anatomy of the Virtual explores the abandoned virtual spaces of outdated online video game systems. The project seeks to reveal the curious affinities of these “digital” spaces with the architectural production of the period in which the games were created (in this case the late 1990’s). Effectively these digital models constitute a new spatial vernacular. The Drawings’ Conclusions exihibition took place in the Spring of 2017 at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.