Dr. Carmina Sanchez Dr. Carmina Sanchez Professor Location:Bemis Lab, 100 Phone: Expertise:Architectural Design, Design Computing, Representation/Visualization, Mapping
  • D.Arch., University of Michigan
  • M.Arch., University of Puerto Rico
  • B.Env.D., University of Puerto Rico

Carmina Sánchez-del-Valle is Professor of the Department of Architecture at Hampton University. She received a Bachelor in Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture professional degree from the University of Puerto Rico, and a doctoral degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She has taught at the University of Kansas and the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Prof. Sánchez is a licensed architect registered in Puerto Rico. Her research has focused on the integration of computer-based tools into architectural education and practice for design thinking, and the management of design information. She has worked developing models for mapping historical districts as graphic relational databases. She has investigated using adaptive kinetic systems as analogical vehicles to teach about digital modeling, complex systems, and sustainability. She teaches architectural design studio and theory, urban and community design theory, and representation courses dealing with traditional and new media. Prof. Sánchez strongly advocates interdisciplinary research and design.

Education and Degrees

D.Arch, University of Michigan, 1991 "Understanding the Implications of Using Computers in Architectural Practice and Education: A Case Study of Puerto Rico," Dissertation. University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Doctoral Program in Architecture, Ann Arbor: Michigan.

M.Arch, University of Puerto Rico, 1983 "La Microcomputadora en la Enseñanza de la Arquitectura." Master's Thesis. School of Architecture, Rio Piedras.

B.Env.D, University of Puerto Rico, 1980. School of Architecture, Rio Piedras

Teaching Experience

Hampton University, Department of Architecture, Professor (Tenured), 1997 - to present

Florida A & M University, School of Architecture, Assoc. Prof., (Tenured) 1994 - 1997

University of Kansas, School of Architecture and Urban Design, Assist. Prof., (Tenure-Track) 1989-1994

University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture, Adjunct, Fall 1987

Professional Registration and Memberships

Registered Architect (1988 - present) Association for Computer-Aided-Design in Architecture, (ACADIA) Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico (CAAPPR)

Honors and Awards (selected examples)

ACSA Distinguished Professor - 2010-2011

E.L. Hamm Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award - 2009

Winning Submission "Paradise House," Design/Build competition: Raise the Roof, Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission, July 2005.

Winning Submission "Caterpillar," Design/Build competition: Tremendous Treehouses, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia, May 2004.

Honorable Mention Award, Strathmore Artist Paper Digital Illustration 2000 Competition, for a collaborative artist book project with artist Frances del Valle.

Honorable Mention Award, "Computers in Architectural Education," II Premio CREI de la Informática: Computers in Universities, CREI-IBI, Madrid: Spain, 1983.

Research (selected examples)

PI: FormZ Joint Study University Program (1992-94; 1995- 1997, 1998-present)

Summer Scholar-in-Residence: Faculty Resource Network at New York University, June 2007, Project: Mapping Puerto Ricans in Manhattan - an urban space study

Participant, NSF Grant for Interdisciplinary Design; PI: F. Bronet and G. Gabriel, Rensselaer Polytechnic University. July 2003, July 2004

Consultant, Planning Grant to design a comprehensive baseline survey of heritage resources at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) funded by the Getty Grant Program; PI: Dr. R. Dozier, R. Melnick, Prof. Marguerite Archie-Hudson, June-August 2004

Fellow, 2001 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program: NASA Langley Research Center, June-August 2001.

Research Fellow, Fulbright-Hays Senior Scholar Exchange Program, Cairo: Egypt. In collaboration with Dr. Amr Abdel Kawi, "Al-Mu'izz Voyager" hypermedia project, (1992-93)

Publications (selected examples)

Williams, Daisy O. & Sánchez-del-Valle, C. "Overlaps, Boundaries and Continuities: Transforming Sketch. "In Proceedings Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) March '08

"The Urban Space Between: Mapping Puerto Ricans in Manhattan." In Proceedings Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) March '08

"An integrative approach to teaching 3D modeling in architecture." In Enhancing Learning Through Human Computer Interaction, Elspeth McKay (Ed.). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Idea Group Publishing, 2007

Sánchez-del-Valle, C. & Virginia Price. "The Katrina Solution: Force or Formula." Journal of Architectural Education, Sept. 2006, v. 60, n.1

"Adaptive Kinetic Structures: A Portal to Digital Prototyping"

Proceedings ACADIA'05: "Smart Architecture", Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), SCAD/Savannah: Georgia. 2005

"The Curse of Columbus: The vanquished airport of the Americas." Proceedings ACSA'04: "Archipelagos: Outposts of the Americas", Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Miami: Florida. 2004

"Simulating electronically mediated collaboration: three games for synchronous play." Proceedings ACSA'02: "Architecture in Communication", Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), New Orleans: Louisiana. 2002

"Transformable, Folding Space", Proceedings ACADIA'96 Annual Meeting, Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)Tucson: Arizona, October, 1996

Sánchez, C. & LaVerne Wells-Bowie. "Text as a Site of Cultural Discourse", Proceedings ACSA 1996 Annual Meeting, Boston: Mass., 1996

Sánchez-del-Valle, C. & Amr Abdel-Kawi. "Al-Mu'izz Voyager: City Portrait." In Changing Methodologies in the Field of Traditional-Environmental Research, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series, Nezar Alsayyad (Ed.), CEDR, vol.61, Berkeley, 1994. Presented at IASTE'94, Tunis: Tunisia, December 1994

Professional Serivce (selected examples)

Elected Board Member: Secretary Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Term: July 2006- June 2008

Appointed Officer: Secretary: Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Term: 1996 - present ); Elected Steering Committee Officer (2002-04; 2005-07)

Team Chair and Team Member for National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Visiting Teams since 2002

Digital Media Exhibition Reviewer: ACADIA 2002; Session Moderator and/or Technical Paper Reviewer: ACADIA 2006, ACADIA 2005, ACADIA 2003, ACADIA 2001, ACADIA 1999, ACADIA 1998, ACADIA 1997. Also reviewer for CAAD Futures conferences and the Journal for Architectural Computing

Topic Chair, Topic Co-chair, session moderator, panel member, paper reviewer: ACSA 2008, ACSA 2002, ACSA 2001, ACSA 2000 Annual Meeting