Nicole McIntosh and Jonathan Louie join the College of Architecture faculty as Hyde Chair of Excellence


The College of Architecture is pleased to announce two Hyde Chair of Excellence faculty members will be joining the Architecture Program this academic year.

Nicole McIntosh and Jonathan Louie, co-founding partners of the Architecture Office, a Zurich based, Swiss-American practice will be teaching an M.Arch design research studio, a seminar for the fall and spring semesters and a Hyde Lecture this coming spring.

Their research and designs are influenced by images that create new contexts for architecture providing a new academic perspective for College of Architecture students. Their office engages with a variety of scales and typologies, ranging from restaurants and workspaces to exhibition designs and houses. Recent work has been exhibited at the Yale Architecture Gallery, the Kunsthaus Glarus and the 2021 Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. They are actively engaged in contemporary architectural discourse through teaching.

Their contributions to design and research have been awarded by the 2017 Architectural League Young Architect’s Prize, the 2020 ACSA Faculty Design Award and the 2022 Swiss Art Awards. Built projects have been recognized by the 2018 and 2019 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, the 2020 Interior Design Best of Year Awards and the 2018 Frame Awards. And their most recent publication “Swissness Applied: Learning from New Glarus” won the 2022 Deutsches Architekturmuseum Architectural Book Award.

In parallel Architecture Lab works with Architecture Office to enrich practice with new ideas through transdisciplinary research.

“We are fortunate to have Nicole and Jonathan join our program and bring their award-winning research and design practice approach into our studios and seminars,” commented David Karle, Architecture Program director.

Established in 1986, the Hyde Chair of Excellence allows the College of Architecture to attract visiting faculty of national and international distinction. The Hyde Chair of Excellence position is available to designers, architects and educators from a variety of backgrounds with outstanding and unique credentials. The visiting Hyde Chair attracts emerging voices in design from both practice and teaching. Through this endowment, renowned scholars and practitioners are invited to spend a semester or more in residence at the college directing a design studio, conducting a graduate level seminar and presenting a public lecture. The Hyde Chair also participates in various college activities and events, including studio reviews, and contributes to the general academic and design-research culture of the college. The Hyde Chair of Excellence was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Flora Hyde in honor of the memory of her late husband, A. Leicester Hyde. Mr. Hyde was a 1925 graduate of architecture and engineering.

Since its inception, the program has hosted 65 Hyde Chairs including past chairs such as Peter Cook, Michael Sorkin, Wolf Prix, Diane Lewis, Doug Jackson, Paul Preissner, Gina Ford, Stewart Hicks, Cristina Murphy, Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski.

The Hyde Chair of Excellence visiting faculty position honors the college’s collaborative spirit and genuine interest in student learning and the pursuit of academic success.