Luben Dimcheff is the coauthor of Model Perspectives | Structure, Architecture and Culture (Routledge, 2016). He is the principal of Dimcheff Smith Studio, a creative practice based in New York City. Previously, he was a senior associate at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, where projects included the SMH house at the much-acclaimed development Houses at Sagaponac, and the Hospital for Special Surgery building on Manhattan's waterfront, which received awards from Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Design Commission.
As principal at Dimcheff Smith Studio, he oversees design work built internationally. In addition to his practice, Dimcheff is dedicated to academic work and has taught extensively in the realm of analytical representation and drawing. Prior to Cornell, he was an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Constructed Environments in Parsons graduate programs in architecture, lighting, and interior design. At AAP, he has taught M.Arch. and B.Arch. comprehensive design studios and has led advanced seminars on visual representation.
Dimcheff received his professional degree in architecture from Cornell and graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Seattle, where he studied fashion and interior design.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Architectural design
- Architectural practice
- Architectural representation
- Visual representation
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- Fernando Tabuenca and Luben Dimcheff: The Making of Practice
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- ARCH 5114 Comprehensive Design StudioFocus on the development of architectural ideas in constructed, material form. The studio explores emergent topics and constructive methods in contemporary architectural practice. Design study includes the creation of a comprehensive set of representations that describes an architectural project in detail. Students work in collaborative groups and in consultation with advisors drawn from professional practice to develop a project that engages a complex range of topical areas, including: structural and environmental systems, building envelope systems, materiality and construction, life-safety planning, and sustainability.
- ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation: Extra/Intro VersionThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
- ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation: Drawing from the CityThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
- ARCH 1110 Introduction to ArchitectureDesigned to introduce students to ideas, principles, and methods of solving architectural problems in a studio setting. Through a graduated sequence of exercises culminating in a major semester project, students explore the architectural concepts of space, form, function, and technology. Instruction is via highly personalized critiques of individual student work by assigned department faculty members, as well as periodic reviews of the group by invited faculty and guest critics. The grade is based on the overall performance in the studio with special emphasis on the quality of a major studio project.