M.S. Arch., The Pennsylvania State University
B. Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kate Wingert-Playdon is an Associate Professor of Architecture with research and design areas addressing overlaps of architecture, site, and settlement. Her current work includes both research and on-site work focused on the underlying cultural manifestation of places and the particularity of sites. In her work she has developed methodologies for addressing distant sites through on-site engagement and graphic research that uses a range of source material. Current sites of inquiry include Route 66 and Amboy California, Sky City at the Pueblo of Acoma, the Philadelphia grid, and the Main Road in Cape Town. Given the scale and complexity of these sites her work includes broad collaboration. Recent collaborations include Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and affiliates, H’aaku Museum and Cultural Center at the Pueblo of Acoma, Tyler Gallery and Chris Taylor / Land Arts of the American West. She is an Ex Officio Board Member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium and Managing Editor of the ARCC Journal.
Prizes, Awards, and Grants
• Temple University Summer Research Award 2008: San Esteban del Rey Monograph
• AIA RFP Program 2007: Pilot Project to Aid in the Development of a Preservation Plan for Old Acoma Village.
• National Endowment for the Arts 2003: San Esteban del Rey Misson Digital Model (Cornerstones Community Partnerships)
• New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award 2003: In recognition of assistance in the Preservation of San Esteban del Rey Mission
• Save America’s Treasures grants 1999-2001, 2002-2004 (Cornerstones Community Partnerships)
• Managing Editor, ARCC Journal, 2006-present
• Wingert-Playdon, Kate. “Observational Research and Digital Social Media: Route 66 and Amboy California.” Upcoming in ARCC Proceedings 2009, Leadership in Architectural Research: Between Academia and the Profession.
• Wingert-Playdon, Kate and D. Playdon. “Acoma in Transition: The Loss of Language and Architecture and the Severance of Tradition in a Changing World.” In Digest of South African Architecture, 2007/2008.
• Wingert-Playdon, Kate, “Soft Technologies and Advanced Technology: Dilemmas of Design in the 21st Century.” Wingert-Playdon, Kate and Herman Neuckermans, editors. “Emerging Research and Design.” Proceedings of the 2006 ARCC/EAAE International Conference on Architectural Research.
• Wingert-Playdon, Kate, “Quantifying Architecture: Measurement as a Basis for Inquiry.” The Reach of Research: 2005 ARCC Conference Proceedings.
• Finalist, Siyathemba International Design Competition, Architecture for Humanity, 2004. “Healing is in the Building of Community” with D. Playdon. Competition for a Girls’ Soccer Stadium, Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa.
• Student Workshop Exhibit: Performing Land Arts: The Philadelphia Experiment, Temple Gallery,2009 (with Chris Taylor)
• Contributor: Seams and Surfaces, Architecture Department Exhibit, Tyler School of Art, 2007
• Contributor: Recent Work, Architecture Program Faculty, Tyler School of Art, 2005
Lectures, Workshops, and Charrettes
• Public Lecture: “Philadelphia: Urban / Scape.” Tyler Gallery, Temple University, 2008.
• Workshop: “Performing Land Arts: The Philadelphia Experiment” with Chris Taylor, Temple Gallery, 2008.
• Public Lecture: “Architecture as part of the Collective Consciousness at Old Acoma.” AIA National Convention, Boston, MA, 2008.
• Public Lecture: “Design Research and Student Learning.” Department of Architecture, University of Cape Town, 2008.
• Workshop: “Digital Transformation of Urban Experiences.” Fox School of Business, Temple University, 2007.
• Ex Officio Board Member, Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2006-present
• Siyathemba International Design Competition with D. Playdon, 2004
• Acoma Traditional Housing, contributor, 2002