Moh'd Bilbeisi is an imaginative professor, architect, illustrator, and watercolorist who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. He is an award-winning educator and illustrator. His students have won numerous national and international architectural design competitions under his direction in the design studio. He is also the recipient of many national and international awards in drawing and illustration the most noted of which is the Best in Category in the KRob Architectural Delineation Competition and First place in the American Society of Architectural Illustrators’ International Competition in the sketch category.
His works are noted for their unique dynamism, elegance, and masterful technique. Moh'd has developed an innovative loose style that blends perceived precision with abstract expressionism. His use of vibrant watercolors and expressive brush strokes distinguish his paintings and illustrations. He had solo exhibitions in in the US, Turkey, and the UAE. His work is highly collected by individuals, nationally and internationally. In addition, governments, corporations, and other entities such as Ducati USA, BMW, SKFGroup, Oklahoma State University, Emirates Air, and Hilton Intl. have utilized Moh'd's talents for graphic illustrations and ads.
Moh’d is also a noted author of several books such as Graphic Journaling and co-author of Words and Colors among others. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, books, and journal ads. He also conducts graphic workshops throughout the globe. A selected collection of his work may be viewed at mohdbilbeisiart.com.
Petra KempfAdjunct Associate Professor
Petra serves as a member on the editorial board for the “Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts,” a platform for interdisciplinary exchange in the pursuit of new concepts and perceptions of spatial configuration. In addition, she is the founder of urbantransits, a research platform with focus on the transient nature of cities and the impact this dynamic condition has on the urban construct, it’s cultures, and the perception of place.
Apart from her research work, Kempf continually explores the concept of line drawings as agents to communicate and record passages through lived space. Within this realm she in particular employs art and science as complimentary disciplines to interact between the subjective and the objective, the invisible and the visible, the intangible with the tangible.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, Kempf worked for the Department of City Planning in New York City, the Project for Public Space, and Richard Meier and Partners. She has taught at several universities including Cornell University, Columbia University, Parsons School of Design and the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. She has lectured throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, and her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and institutions in the US and Europe. She is author of You are the City – Observation, Organization and Transformation of Urban Settings (2009) and (K)ein Ort Nirgends – Der Transitraum im urbanen Netzwerk (2010).
Steve QuevedoAssociate Professor
Steve Quevedo received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and his Masters of Architecture from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. His professional experience includes experiences with the following offices: Andrea Clark Brown, A.I.A., Naples, Florida, HOK International, Ltd. London, U.K. and the Office of Graham Greene, Dallas, Texas. He was one of the founding members of Firm X, Richard B. Ferrier, A.I.A. Architecture, Hampton Quevedo King, a small collaborative focusing on institutional, residential, public service and design competitions. Firm X received recognition in several un-built design awards from the Dallas A.I.A. 1992, 1993, and 1995. The Dallas A.I.A. also selected the firm’s work was for the Small Firms, Great Projects exhibition and the Dallas Tour of Homes.
Quevedo’s work has received numerous awards in the Dallas A.I.A. Annual Ken Roberts Delineation Competition. His drawings and paintings were recently published in the book, “The Book of Drawings and Sketches: Architecture” by Chris Van Uffelen, Braun Publications. His work has been exhibited in The Dallas Museum of Art, The Tchoban Foundation - The Museum of Architectural Drawings in Berlin, Germany, The Arlington Museum of Art, Gallery 414, Ft. Worth, Texas, Flotsam Gallery, Dallas, Texas, The Dallas Institute of Humanities, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary and The Craighead Green Gallery.
Steve Quevedo is an Associate Professor of Architecture at The College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at UTA. He teaches design and conceptual drawing His research involves drawings using hand drawings, paintings and digital hybrid methods.
Jimenez Lai is the founder of Bureau Spectacular, and currently teaches at UCLA and Columbia University. Lai has been permanently collected by The Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Amongst the many publications and awards, Lai wrote Citizens of No Place in 2012 with a grant from the Graham Foundation, and won the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects. In 2014, Lai represented Taiwan at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Prior to all of this, Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin, and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam.
Joshua NasonAssistant Professor
Joshua M. Nason, educated at Cornell and Texas Tech, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington as well as the director of the experimental design research firm Iterative Studio. His teaching, research and design work explores dynamic and dependent contextual relationships within cities through analytic mapping processes. Some of his recent lectures include “Design: A Work in Process,” “Draw In/Draw Out: Participatory Maps as Event Urbanism,” “Awkward Mapping,” “Mapping + Change,” “Drawing [on] Urban Complexity,” “Anomalic Urbanism,” and “Place Pavilions: Inhabiting the Map.” His drawn and built work has been featured in exhibitions such as “Divergent Convergent: Speculations on China,” in Beijing, “Common Ground,” in New York City and “The Place Pavilions,” in both Lubbock and Dallas.