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Román Montoto

Román Montoto


Office: AAN 024
Phone: (208) 885-6933
Email: rmontoto@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Architecture and Interior Design program
University of Idaho
PO Box 442451
Moscow, ID 83844-2451

College of Art & Architecture
Architecture and Interior Design program
Associate Professor

Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
With UI Since 2004


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Beginning design
    • Transdisciplinary exploration
    • Digital design
    • Fabrication techniques
  • Biography

    Associate Professor Román Montoto studied art history and criticism in preparation for pursuing the field of architecture at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. While there, he also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture degree while beginning his exposure to architectural practice in local firms. Upon completion of studies, he transitioned to the city of Chicago to further his experience in professional architectural practice. After several years working on projects ranging from small chapels to residential high rises, an invitation to instruct architectural design studios at UW-Milwaukee was extended to him. After this exposure, the potential for creative and pedagogical exploration for design, as part of academia, catalyzed a shift of his career from the professional into the academic, resulting in his current position as an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Idaho. He currently is researching pedagogical approaches to the architectural design studio with beginning design, transdisciplinary exploration, and digital design and fabrication techniques as his focus, dissemination of which includes academic writings, presentations, and creative works such as design competitions and short films.

  • Selected Publications
    • Montoto, R. archiTECTONICS: pre- and transdisciplinary reference in beginning design. The International Journal of the Arts in Society, vol.3. issue 6 pp.1-8
    • Montoto, R. Infinite: Flow of Perception and Operation in Architectural Design. Journal of the Design Communication Association: Representation 2007-08 (2007) pp.22-29
    • Montoto, R., Satz, M. A. Situational Prototyping: Architecture and Law Organizational Practicum. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture & Change Management, vol.8. issue 10 pp.43-50

    • *For a complete list projects and publications, see full CV.
  • Research Projects
    • Montoto, R. (Presenter & Author), "archiTECTONICS: studies in equilibrium for reasoning, form, and design," 2009 Biannual Design Communication Association Conference, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Ga. (March 2009). (international)
    • Montoto, R. (Presenter & Author), "Install: understanding, consilience, and communication," 2009 Biannual Design Communication Assoc. Conference, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Ga. (March 2009). (intl.)
    • Montoto, R. (Author Only), "Install: understanding, consilience, and communication," 3rd International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, UDK University of the Arts, Common Ground Publishing, Berlin, Germany. (February 15, 2009). (virtual, international)
    • Montoto, R. (Presenter & Author), "archiTECTONICS: trans-disciplinary dynamics of film & architecture," Biennial 2008 Conference of Film & History, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Chicago, Ill. (October 30, 2008). (international)
    • Montoto, R. (Presenter & Author), Satz, M. A. (Author Only), "Situational Prototyping: architecture & law organizational practicum," 8th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, Cambridge University & Common Ground Publishing, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom. (August 6, 2008). (international)
    • Montoto, R. (Author Only), "archiTECTONICS: pre- and transdisciplinary reference in beginning design," 3rd International Conference on the Arts in Society, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Common Ground Publishing, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. (July 28, 2008). (virtual, international)
    • Montoto, R. (Presenter & Author), "archiTECTONICS: pre- and transdisciplinary reference in beginning design," 24th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Department of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga. (March 13, 2008). (national)
    • Montoto, R. (Presenter & Author), Mead, P. G. (Presenter & Author), Anderson, J. W. (Presenter Only), "Search for a New Pre-disciplinary, Trans-disciplinary Core," 24th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Department of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga. (March 13, 2008). (national)
    • Art Exhibit, "Inducing an Urban Contrappasto," Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow, Idaho / USA. (Dec. 2006 – Jan. 2007)
    • Design Competition Entry, "Inducing an Urban Contrappasto," Arquitectum, Venice, Italy. (Aug. 2006)
    • Design Competition Entry, "Topographic Re-Imaging," urban-open, Chicago, Ill. (April 2006)
    • Art Exhibit, "Transfer: 3 stops," Prichard Art Gallery - CAA, Moscow, Idaho. (Nov. 2005 – Jan. 2006)
  • Awards and Honors
    • University of Idaho Hoffman Teaching Excellence Award, Dept. of Architecture & Interior Design Nominee 2009
    • University of Idaho International Programs Office Faculty Development Award: Bilbao, Spain 2007
    • University of Idaho Research Office: Travel Grant Award sec1-FY07
    • UW-Milwaukee: AOP Fellow of Graduate School 1997-99
    • AIA Chicago Student Design Award, First Place: Velocity of Change 1998
    • SARUP Student Competitions, Exhibitor: Farmer’s Market & Office Building 1995

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