Zollinger, Alfred

Alfred Zollinger
Master of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Design, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design and Director of the Parsons Design Workshop

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Areas of Expertise:
Architecture; Design-Build; Exhibition Design; Interior Design
Alfred Zollinger is a professor of Architecture and Interior Design at Parsons, and also the director of the Parsons Design Workshop, its signature design-build program that works collaboratively with non-profit and governmental partners on a range of urban development projects. He is also co-principal of Matter Practice, an architecture and exhibition-design firm founded with Sandra Wheeler. Matter Practice has completed a range of public projects, including exhibition designs for the National Building Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the International Center of Photography, as well as several residential designs. The practice maintains its own prototyping and custom-fabrication shop and is informed by Zollinger’s early training as a precision machinist and interest in making as a mode of critical inquiry. He studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and completed his post-professional studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was a designer and fabrication specialist on a number of widely published projects completed by the Cranbrook Architecture Office. He has taught at the ETH, in Zurich, RISD, and, since 2006, at Parsons.
Courses Taught:
  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Furniture, Detail, and Space
  • Design Workshop
  • The Tolerance of Making

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