Joan Vorderbruggen
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Phone: 701-231-7025

Research and Interest:

Through my education and diverse design work experience (interior, graphic, and exhibit design, as well as architecture), I am able to teach from the various perspectives of design expression. I am incredibly interested in the human/nature connection as understood through architecture, and how that contributes to well-being. I am also passionate about exploring design solutions that touch the earth gently and in concert with the environment; an ethical responsibility we have towards humanity and future generations. I find teaching to be one of the most rewarding journeys I’ve ever embarked on!

Educational Credentials:

Master of Architecture, University of Oregon, 2009
Graduate Studies towards Master of Architecture, Kansas State University, Spring 2005
Bachelor of Architecture, NDSU, 1999

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Design, NDSU, 1999
Bachelor of Science - Human Development and Education, NDSU, 1984
Associate Degree - Interior Design Technology, NDSU, 1984

Selected Publications and Recent Research:

"Making through Knowledge—Building, Intention and Creation: Interpreting the Japanese Tea Ceremony" (with Darryl Booker),
MADE: Design Education and the Art of Making, Proceedings (2010)
26th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (2010), pp. 117-120
Process: Methods in Design Thinking and Doing, co-primary author with Darryl Booker


Minnesota License #45568

Professional Membership:

(AIA) The American Institute of Architects

Professional Honors:

Teacher of the Year Award, College of Engineering and Architecture. 2011 Apple Polisher Award for Teaching Excellence, Bison Ambassadors 2010

Courses Taught:

ARCH 271 Architectural Design Studio I
ARCH 272 Architectural Design Studio II
ARCH 341 Site Design for Architects
ARCH 728 Sociocultural Seminar
ARCH 772 Design Thesis
ARCH 789 Professional Topics

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, 2009 to present
Adjunct Professor/Lecturer, North Dakota State University, 2008-2009
Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, 2007-2008
Adjunct Professor/Lecturer, North Dakota State University, 2005-2007
Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University, Spring 2005