NORTHFIELD, Vt. —Norwich University School of Architecture + Art welcomes Zach Seibold as assistant professor of architecture.
A former lecturer in architecture and research associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; adjunct professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology; and co-founder and principal of VHS Office, a Boston-based design build firm, Seibold brings an expertise in digital design and fabrication.
“Zach is an exceptionally well-rounded and experienced teacher, researcher, digital fabricator, and design-builder,” School of Architecture + Art Director Cara Armstrong said. “His expertise in digital design and fabrication will be a valuable resource for the Architecture programs and our new Designs Arts major.”
Seibold holds a Master of Design Studies with a concentration in technology from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University School of Architecture.
“In a previous position at Harvard University, when people could not be on campus during the pandemic, he designed and sourced a build-it-yourself CNC kit of parts which was shipped to each of his students across the globe, allowing them to investigate for themselves the opportunities and challenges afforded by digital fabrication techniques, with a focus on home-based fabrication methods. He’s got that kind of Norwich grit,” Armstrong added.
Seibold’s research includes work in 3D printed ceramics, and several pavilion-scale installations focused on new applications for ceramic material systems in architecture. Most recently, his paper “Post-tensioned ceramic structures: design, analysis and prototyping” was published in the journal Architecture, Structures and Construction and awarded best paper at the International Conference on Structures and Architecture.
“While my relationship with the discipline of architecture has taken many forms, I have always emphasized the process of making and direct engagement with materials in my work. I believe we learn best when we are actively making and empirically testing our concepts, and I see that same approach in the curriculum of the School of Architecture and Art,” Seibold said. “I'm excited to join the excellent faculty at Norwich, who are thinking about the environmental, social, and ethical aspects of the built environment in refreshing ways. I am looking forward to building institutional knowledge associated with digital fabrication and design, and expanding the established culture of making and building at Norwich.”
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