Dr. Christopher C. Miller, Ph.D., A.I.A. Profile | Architecture Department | Judson University Christian College
Chris Miller

Christopher C. Miller Profile

Contact Information

Name:Christopher C. Miller
Title:Professor
Department:Architecture
Year Started:1999
Email:cmiller@JudsonU.edu
Phone Number:847-628-1015
Office Location:HAWAC 413

Education

Ph.D. History of Art (Univ. of Virginia)
M.Architectural History (Univ. of Virginia)
B.S. Architecture (Univ. of Virginia)

Biography

Christopher Miller’s research interests range from urban morphology to the history of architectural typology to contemporary theory in architecture. He joined the Judson Architecture faculty in the program’s second year, having practiced architecture in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

He also teaches in the Art & Design department: he has taught the History of Art and now teaches an upper level seminar for architecture, art, and design students on theory and the modern problems of objects, architecture, and conviviality.

"I lecture, consult, and, at Judson, facilitate student research in built environments that we can sustain and, first of all, sustain us culturally (namely, in urbanism that bears the rich meaning that we embody in art, places, and buildings).  My intellectual agenda includes bringing relevant applications from the disciplines to architectural education in practices of style, promoting critical pluralism in the program’s curriculum, and reasoning rigorously for an approach to architecture and place-making that springs from Christian concerns for the service of people and their communities."

Miller has contributed to making urbanism an important feature in the character of the architecture program: European field studies for students focus on living in and observing the pedestrian-scaled and sustainable city centers; regenerative studio projects since 2001 are sited in city centers to solve contemporary problems of large buildings in historic settings, of sustainability, and in the common local desire for continuity in architecture and context; and, he teaches courses on the Architecture of Cities.

He has developed an innovative curricular concentration for students interested in architecture and humanly-scaled urbanism that complements and continues the cultures of local places.

Having consulted for Jericho, a not-for-profit in Honduras since 2005, Miller has supported student regenerative urban projects set in Saranda, Albania; Fez, Morocco; Chelsea Barracks, London; and Lochgelly, Scotland. Student projects for the world’s poor and for missions have been supported for the Bayash communities in Croatia and chapels in Morombe, Madagascar, and for the Villa Jericho in Honduras. Miller participated in week-long housebuilding project with Judson students and others in Tecate, Mexico in 2008.

Miller has participated in and conducted students in community design charrettes: Rockford (Illinois) East State District Design Workshop, 2010; in assistance to the Historic East End (Newark, Ohio) Visioning Charrette, 2007; the Quincy (Illinois) Student Charrette, 2005; and Grand Rapids (Michigan) Wealthy-Jefferson Neighborhood Plan charrette, 2002.

More can be found at at the arch.judson.edu site and by googling Miller's Civism and Cites wordpress site.

Professional Societies or Affiliations

Educational Fellow, Midwest Regional Representative, of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and founding participant in an organization for Christians and urbanists.

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