Randall Kober has been educated as an architect, carpenter, and historian. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995 with a Master of Architecture degree. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree granted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 with a major in history. Between degrees Kober spent six years working with wood as a rough and finish carpenter, furniture and cabinetmaker in the USA and Germany. He has hands-on experience with contemporary and historical light framing and heavy timber building practices as well as with many other materials. His architectural education is indebted to Douglas Garofalo with whom he studied and practiced over a span of twelve years in Chicago. Together they designed and occasionally personally built extremely contemporary nationally and internationally published work.
Randall is founding faculty at the McEwen School of Architecture. The school has design/build of wooden buildings as one of its foundations. Over the past five years he has taught incoming undergraduate students wood design/build skills through the creation of small structures occupied on Northern Ontario's frozen lakes. He has developed Structures 1: Wood as an introductory materials and methods course based on the values, static principles, and construction practices of the Native, French, and English cultures of the region. He has lectured internationally on this innovative hands-on course where students explore wood's potential by building 1:1 wooden structures. Over the last four springs he has lead design/build projects with Laurentian students within the medieval heavy timber building fabric of Dinkelsbühl, Germany. He has also taught in Chicago, Rome, and Paris for University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Archeworks.
He maintains anarchitectures, a collaborative practice exploring the space between art, architecture, and construction in Dinkelsbühl. HIs project at Kapuzinerweg 9 in Dinkelsbühl was given an historic preservation award by the government of Middle Franconia in March of 2017. Kober is Architecture Academia Advisor to the Board of the Canadian Wood Council and serves on the Editorial Board of Wood Design & Building magazine.
Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Visting Assistant Professor 2004-08
Archeworks, Chicago, Facillitator, 2004-07
University of Illinois at Chicago, Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2000-04
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Cultural, Social, & Material History
Middle Franconia Historic Preservation Award, for Kapuzinerweg 9, Dinkelsbühl, Germany, 2017
Bergen International Wood Festival, LU students awarded 1st prize, attending timber construction advisor, 2016
Jerome Fellowship, Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota, 2004
First Year Design Studio
Structures 1: Wood
Dinkesbühl Spring Program
Building Case Studies
Building Community on Frozen Lakes, Architecture Connects Proceedings, UK, 2017
Middle Franconia Historic Preservation Awards 2016, Germany, 2017
Incontro Internazionale Architetti, Italy, 2016
Teaching Structures 1: Wood, Hands On in Northern Ontario, World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016) Proceedings, TU Verlag, Vienna, Austria
Research Terrain; Text, 2d, 3d ,4d, 1:1. Working Out: Thinking While Building: Project Proceedings. Ted Cavanagh, Ursula Hartig & Sergio Palleroni editors, 2014.
Garofalo Architects in Wisconsin, The Plan Magazine-Architecture and Technologies in Detail, Issue 41, Bologna, Italy, 2010
Don’t You Forget About Me: Chicago’s Anonymous Buildings, Proximity Magazine, Issue Number One, 2008
Details in Contemporary Architecture: As Built, Christine Killory, Princeton Architectural Press, Garofalo Architects, 2007
Winging It, Nothstine Residence, Metropolitan Home Magiazine, Garofalo Architects, February 2007
Architektur in Dinkelsbühl heute-und morgen?, Funkfeuer, Magazin für Kunst, Kultur und Meinung, June 2006
Designing Houses: When Passion Drives the Program, Focus Magazine, AIA Chicago, Garofalo Architects, May 2004
Chicago: A Guide to Recent Architecture, Susanna Sirefman, Batsford LTD., London, 2003, Garofalo Architects
All American: Innovation in American Architecture, (various projects), edited by Brian Carter & Annette LeCuyer, Thames & Hudson, Garofalo Architects, 2002
Folds, Blobs & Boxes, Architecture in the Digital Age, Heinz Architectural Center Books, Pittsburgh, Exhibition Catalogue prepared by curator Joseph Rosa
Material Evidence, Chicago Architecture at 2000, Museum of Contemporary Art Catalogue prepared by curator Cynthia C. Davidson
House With European Flair, Fall Homebuilding Section, The Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan WI, September 1991