Robert Lynch has been a practicing architect for thirty years. He received his MA in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While there, Professor Lynch studied with renowned art theorist, Rudolf Arnheim and prominent architect, Gunnar Birkerts. Lynch accepted a design position at the office of Gunnar Birkerts and Associates in 1985, working extensively on the design of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN and the Geisel Library Renovation for the University of California at San Diego.
Professor Lynch began teaching at MIAD in 1994 and has taught design in both the IA+D and Foundations programs, and at all levels of instruction from pre-college through graduating senior. Under Professor Lynch’s instruction and leadership Interior Architecture + Design students at MIAD are responsible for having designed and built many projects throughout the school. These projects include the former MIAD Student Union, time-based media classrooms, the Illustration Area, and numerous projects within the Interior Architecture + Design Area. These projects have become the hallmark of a design program that seeks to embrace an experience-based, comprehensive understanding of the role of architecture and interior design in people’s lives.
In addition to teaching, Professor Lynch has maintained a private practice as well as a partnership with Matthew Jarosz. The projects undertaken by JaroszLynch Architects have varied widely but are all primarily adaptive reuse projects. The firm’s projects are characterized by an inventive and economical use of materials, sensitivity to the nature of inhabited space, and an attention to design detail.