Richard Tursky

Design Innovation Fellow


Richard Tursky is currently the Design Innovation Fellow at Ball State University’s Department of Architecture. In addition to degrees in industrial design and automation technology, he holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture-Digital Technologies from the University of Michigan. His design fabrication research is focused on using robotic technologies to map built surface substrates and to develop workflows that facilitate robotic assembly of building components. The long term trajectory of this work is the design and instantiation of robotic (i.e. responsive and reconfigurable) architecture. Richard’s current pedagogical research focuses on incorporating industrial robotic arms and architectural robotics into the design curriculum as mediums for combining computational and spatial thinking. He teaches studios and seminars which focus on developing these technologies as potential design thinking and process tools. Prior to joining BSU, Richard was faculty and Assistant Director of the Design Fabrication Lab at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture and has also held positions at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Southern California Institute of Architecture.