Professor Kendall is a registered architect whose academic and research career spans more than 35 years. He has a professional degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Design Theory and Methods from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kendall has taught architectural design and urban design studios, and courses in building technology and design theory at all levels of professional curricula in several universities in the US, as well as in Taiwan, Italy, Indonesia, South Africa, Japan and China. He has experience in guiding professional, post professional and PhD studies at US and several foreign universities.
His research focuses on both architectural pedagogy and open building. The former springs from a recognition of challenges to the profession as we guide transformation of the built environment under conditions of change and distributed design. Preparing students with useful attitudes, skills and knowledge to enable them to contribute to the improvement of the built field, given these forces, is the goal of his studies of methods in teaching design.
His research in open building encompasses studies of new organizational and design methods, new logistics and new technology needed to make buildings more adaptable and thus more sustainable. His work focuses primarily on housing and health care architecture, facing a convergence of three dominant characteristics of the contemporary urban environment. First is the increasing size of buildings, sometimes serving thousands. Second is the dynamics of the living environment, the workplace and the marketplace where use is increasingly varied and changing. Third is the availability of, and demand for, an increasing array of equipment and facilities serving the inhabitant user.
He has written more than 30 papers and book chapters; is the co-author of a book (Residential Open Building), and many technical reports (recently also for the US Government Defense Health Agency), and has conducted many funded research projects. He has guest edited a number of journals and is on the editorial board of Open House International and Frontiers of Architectural Research. He lectures widely to university and professional audiences around the world. He is joint coordinator of the CIB Commission W104 Open Building Implementation (www.open-building.org).