Joshua Vermillion is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Architecture at UNLV where he also coordinates the at-LAS Lab—a trans-disciplinary design-research group merging technology, industry-informed R&D, and community engagement. Forging a multi-year career in the exploration, development and execution of “Digital Craft,” his efforts in research, pedagogy and practice belong to three primary categories: digital information as medium (architectural applications of computational, parametric and algorithmic design); digital information as material (digital fabrication tools and techniques); and digital information as method (situated technologies, sensing, responsive systems, and robotics). Additionally, in recent years his teaching has also expanded to include beginning design foundations in a vision of earlier adoption and proficiency of digital technologies by students.
Joshua has spoken worldwide and has published and presented peer-reviewed research at ACADIA, SIGRADI, eCAADe, ACSA, NCBDS, and ARCC conferences, as well as the International Journal of Architecture Computing. He co-authored and edited the book Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students with Jason S. Johnson (Routledge, 2016). As an educator, Joshua’s students have won design awards and competitions, and as a designer, Joshua’s collaborative work has been featured in diverse media outlets including WIRED, ArchDaily, AD, SUCKERPUNCH, Architect Magazine, Core10, and other magazines, books, and blogs. In 2017, the UNLV School of Architecture bestowed Joshua the Fielden Medal for contributions of excellence to architectural education.
Prior to his appointment at UNLV, Joshua taught design studios, seminars and lecture courses at Ball State University’s Department of Architecture. While there—through a grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation—he co-founded iMADE, an applied research + learning institute focused on bringing students, faculty and design professionals with regional industry partners to work on mutually-beneficial projects utilizing design, computation and fabrication. During the spring of 2014, Joshua was the invited Taylor Seminar Lecturer at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. Prior to joining academe full time, Joshua worked professionally at several architecture firms including NBBJ’s Columbus office.