Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Before coming to the University in July 2014, he was Canada Research Chair and Director of Urban Design at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has taught at Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Princeton University and has had Visiting Professorships at MIT, University of Hong Kong, and Rice University (Cullinen Visiting Chair). After earning a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, el-Khoury obtained a Master of Science in Architecture from MIT and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.
el-Khoury, trained as a historian and as a designer, continues to invest his efforts equally in scholarship, applied research, and practice. As a partner in Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), he designed award-winning projects such as Beirut Martyr’s Square (AIA San Francisco), Stratford Market Square (Boston Society of Architecture), and the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art (AIA Cleveland). His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House: An Architectural Seduction and See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency. His books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture; Architecture in Fashion; States of Architecture in the Twenty-First Century: New Directions from the Shanghai World Expo; and Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture.
el-Khoury's current research focuses on applications of information technology in order to enhance responsiveness and resilience in buildings and smart cities. With the tools and resources of RAD-UM, his laboratory at the University of Miami School of Architecture, he intends to put buildings and cities online, believing that "embedded technology empowers networked spaces and objects to better address the environmental and social challenges we face today."
Articles on el-Khoury’s projects and research have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The Toronto Star, and WIRED Magazine. He was also featured online (Gizmodo, DeZeen, Fast Company, Domus, Reuters) and on television and radio shows (CBC, Space Channel, NBC, TFO, BBC World) speaking about the Internet of Things and the importance of connectivity. His work in this area is documented in The Living, Breathing, Thinking, Responsive Buildings of the Future (Thames & Hudson, 2012). His 2013 TEDxToronto talk on Designing for the Internet of Things has been viewed more than 18,500 times.