Chris Perry is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture where he oversees the school’s professional and research graduate programs. He is also Director of the Master of Science in Architecture program at the Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology at Industry City in Brooklyn.
Prior to Rensselaer, Perry was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, an endowed professorship, and prior to that appointment he held an endowed professorship at Rice University’s School of Architecture. He has also taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, the Architectural Association in London, RMIT in Melbourne, Pratt Institute, Barnard College, and Parsons School of Design.
He received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, for which he also received an Honor Award for Excellence in Design, and a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Rensselaer, Perry was a Presidential Fellow in MIT’s doctoral program in architectural history, theory, and criticism.
He is co-recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Award, co-editor of AD: Collective Intelligence in Design (Wiley-Academy), co-chair of ACADIA’s 2015 Annual Conference, as well as co-editor of its proceedings, and a former member of its Board of Directors.
With landscape architect Cathryn Dwyre, Perry is co-principal of pneumastudio, an experimental cultural practice situated at the intersection of architecture, art, and landscape. pneumastudio’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Design Museum of Barcelona, and the Gallatin Labowitz Gallery in New York. Publishers that have featured pneumastudio’s work include Routledge, Actar, Prestel, and Wiley-Academy.
pneumastudio’s curatorial projects include the exhibition Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural which brings together over forty architects, artists, and landscape architects. Initially staged in conjunction with a symposium at the University of Michigan, the exhibition subsequently traveled to the University of Virginia, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, and the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College.
pneumastudio’s editorial work includes a book that features the contents of the Ambiguous Territory exhibition and symposium (Actar Publishers) and a special section of PAJ: A Journal of Performance Art (MIT Press) titled Performance and Architecture.
pneumastudio has conducted artist residencies and fellowships at MacDowell in New Hampshire, Château de Monthelon in Burgundy, France, and the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico.
Perry’s previous design practice, servo, of which he was co-founder and co-principal for eleven years, was featured in group exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Centre Pompidou, MoMA PS1, SFMoMA, Wexner Center for the Arts, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Architectural League of New York, MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and Artists Space in New York, as well as solo exhibitions at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, Cornell University, and UCLA. The group’s work is part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France and has been featured in a number of books by MIT Press, Princeton Architectural Press, Thames & Hudson, Rizzoli, and Phaidon, including a monograph edited by Perry and titled servo: networks and environments published by DAMDI. servo was a finalist in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and was selected for the “Design Vanguard” annual issue of Architectural Record, for which Perry was interviewed. Other magazines, journals and newspapers featuring the group’s work include Metropolis, Praxis, AD, a+u, Frame, Yale Perspecta, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.
Following graduate school at Columbia and prior to co-founding servo, Perry worked for Stan Allen for two years as a project designer, 1997-1999.
Chris Perry received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, for which he also received an Honor Award for Excellence in Design, and a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Rensselaer, Perry was a Presidential Fellow in MIT’s doctoral program in architectural history, theory, and criticism.
Chris Perry's experimental cultural practice, pneumastudio, which he shares with landscape architect Cathryn Dwyre, engages art, design, and curation through an exploration of architecture and landscape. Art projects include the mediums of drawing, collage, digital imaging, and film. Design projects include the medium of speculative proposals for architectural follies and grottoes. Curatorial projects include a recent exhibition, symposium, and book. Each of these scales of work explores what Dwyre and Perry term an ambiguous territory between art, architecture, and landscape, as well as the natural and built environment. And it is in terms of ambiguity that we view the environmental crisis as an imaginative resource for new forms of creative thinking and practice.
Since 2010, Chris Perry has taught in the undergraduate thesis sequence for the professional Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program, which he coordinated for eight years. Titled Final Project, the sequence includes a seminar in the fall semester and a design studio in the spring.
Since 2012, he has directed as well as taught in the graduate Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) program, and currently leads the yearlong Masters Project course as part of the program's curriculum.
ARCH 4910 Professional Degree Final Project Design Research Seminar
ARCH 4920 Professional Degree Final Project Design Studio
ARCH 6980 Masters Project
Chris Perry is co-recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Award, as well as artist residency fellowships at MacDowell in New Hampshire, Château de Monthelon in Burgundy, France, and the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. He is also recipient of a travel fellowship from the Robert S. Brown '52 Fellows Program and has received Society Awards and Selected Distinction Awards from Rensselaer.
Santa Fe Art Institute, residency and fellowship, 2022
Robert S. Brown '52 Fellows Program, travel fellowship, 2021
Château de Monthelon, residency and fellowship, 2021
Society Editorial Award, Rensselaer Trustees, 2017
Society Award, Rensselaer Trustees, 2016
Society Editorial Award, Rensselaer Trustees, 2014
MacDowell, residency and fellowship, 2013
Selected Distinction Award, Rensselaer Trustees, 2012
Chris Perry has given lectures and conference presentations at a wide variety of international venues, including the ACSA, ACADIA, and AICAD annual conferences, the American Institute of Architects in New York, the Architectural Association in London, the Architectural League of New York, Bard College, the Beijing Architecture Biennial, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Columbia University, Cornell University, MIT, the University of Montreal, the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, New York University, Ohio State University, Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Santa Fe Art Institute, Syracuse University, 'T' Space and The Steven Myron Holl Foundation, the University of Texas at Arlington, Yale University, Rice University, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, RMIT in Melbourne, and the University of Toronto.
Chris Perry is co-editor of the book Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural (Actar Publishers), a special issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance Art (MIT Press), the paper proceedings and exhibition catalog for ACADIA’s 2015 Annual Conference, the architectural monograph servo: networks and environments (DAMDI), and an issue of the book series AD (Architectural Design) titled Collective Intelligence in Design (Wiley-Academy). Additionally, he has published numerous articles in books, journals, exhibition catalogs, and conference proceedings.
The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Chris Perry has 4 indexed publications in the subjects of Arts and Humanities, and Engineering.