Mike Christenson
Associate Professor of Architecture


Faculty Web Page


Buildings and Projects

Courses Taught:
ARCH 231 Architectural Drawing

ARCH 232 Design Technology

ARCH 326 Design Theory
ARCH 372 Design Studio
ARCH 474 International Design Studio: India
ARCH 721-01 Non-Western Architectural Traditions: India

ARCH 725 Architecture of the Recent Past: India
ARCH 727-01 Vernacular Architecture: India
ARCH 772-04 Thesis Studio
ARCH 789-02 Professional Topics: Study Tour Abroad: Japan


Educational Credentials:
M. Arch., University of Minnesota, 1997

B. E. D., University of Minnesota, 1995

Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor, North Dakota State University, 2012-present.
Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, 2006-2012.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, 1997-2005.



North Dakota; Minnesota.


Professional Experience:
Architect/Principal, Design and Energy Laboratory, Fargo, ND, 2011-present
Intern Architect, Architectural Alliance, Minneapolis, MN, 2001-2005

(Guthrie Theater on the River, Minneapolis, MN, with Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, MN, with Cesar Pelli)
Intern Architect, Stageberg Beyer Sachs, Minneapolis, MN, 1997-2001

(Walter Digital Technology Center, Minneapolis, MN)
Intern Architect, Julie Snow Architect, Minneapolis, MN, 1997

(Jerstad Center, Sioux Falls, SD)
Intern Architect, Vincent James Associates Architects, Minneapolis, MN 1996

(Dayton Residence, Minneapolis, MN)

Selected Publications and Recent Research:

"'From the unknown to the known': Transitions in the architectural vernacular." Buildings & Landscapes 18.1, 1-13 (2011);

"On the architectural structure of photographic space." Architectural Science Review 54 (2011); "Registering visual permeability in architecture: Isovists and occlusion maps in AutoLISP." Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 37 (6), 1128-1136 (2010);

"Testing the Relevance of Parameterization to Architectural Epistemology." Architectural Science Review 52 (2), 135-141 (2009);

"On dependencies between architecture and media: Considering the remote work." ARCC Journal 5 (2009).

Professional Memberships:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
Building Technology Educators' Society (BTES)
Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE)
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Architectural Computing

Experience and Qualifications:
Registered architect with 10 years experience in professional practice; a participant on national award-winning architectural projects, with an extensive record of nationally and internationally published research on theories and practices of architectural representation.