Val K. Warke

Val Warke's teaching and research focus have been on criticism and genre theory, including issues of fashion, formalism, populism, reception, and relations to literary theory, and in particular the work of Mikhail Bakhtin. He has been published in a number of journals, including Assemblage, A+U, Cornell Journal of Architecture, and the Harvard Design Magazine, as well as many essays and texts on the work of Morphosis. He teaches in the areas of design (architectural and urban) and architectural theory. He practices architecture with Andrea Simitch, as a partner in Simitch and Warke Architecture. In addition to the field of architecture, he is also a member of the graduate field of fiber science and apparel design.

Warke graduated from Cornell with a B.Arch. and from Harvard University with an M.Arch.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural theory
  • Theory and criticism
  • Architectural and urban design

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 1101/1102 Design I and II Introduction to design as a conceptual discipline directed at the analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and transformation of the physical environment. Exercises are aimed at developing an understanding of the issues, elements, and processes of environmental design.
  • ARCH 2301 Architectural Analysis I: Buildings, Drawings, and TextsIn this Integrative Design Studio, the requirements of building systems are seen to both support and inform architectural concepts and form. One of the key design experiences during this semester will be the interaction of these concepts and building systems. Questions of energy, thermal comfort, sustainability, structure, material, and life safety will be addressed.
  • ARCH 3308/6308 The Carnivalesque: Costume, Mask, and the Transformed PhysiqueThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. 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 4101/4102/5101/7912 Vertical Design Studio: Trojan HorsesAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.
  • ARCH 4300/4500 Architectural Publications: CJoA 11—Fear

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • The Berserker's Tale, Bær Institute, Hofsós, Iceland; and Bibliowicz Gallery, Cornell, a two-person exhibition including Andrea Simitch's Shared Spaces (2015 and 2016)
  • "The Physique of Unfinalizability," presentation at "The F Word [Formalism]", at Syracuse University, Florence (2016)
  • "When the Carnival Returns to Town," opening keynote at "Construir la construido [Build the Built]" conference, Ultzama, Spain, hosted by Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad (2015)

Publications (Selected)

  • Yi, Eui-Sung, Thom Mayne, and Val Warke. 100 Buildings: 1900-2000. New York: Rizzoli, 2017.
  • Simitch, Andrea, and Val Warke. The Language of Architecture: 26 Principles Every Architect Should Know. Beverly: Rockport Press, 2014.
  • Val Warke. "Forward: Women with Parrots." In Clinical: An Architecture of Variation with Repetition, edited by Maria Hurtado de Mendoza. New York: ActarD Inc., 2017.
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