Daniel L. Schodek is Research Professor of Architectural Technology in the Department of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he actively taught from 1969 until 2008 and is now involved in research programs. He was also Director of the Master in Design Studies Program at the GSD. His recent technical research interests lie within a broad architectural design context that emphasizes structural design, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), design for assembly, smart materials, nanomaterials, and automation. Parallel interests include in insfrastructure sustainability, health-care, and food production systems. He has supervised numerous doctoral students.
As reflected in his books Structures (now with Martin Bechthold in its 5th edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc.) and Structure in Sculpture (MIT Press, 1993), he has had a long involvement with the design of contemporary structures in an architectural context. He also has interests in the history of building technology, as is reflected by his book Landmarks in American Civil Engineering (MIT Press, 1987). A co-authored book that reflects his interest in CAD/CAM techniques in architecture, Digital Design and Manufacturing: Applications in Architecture and Design (with M.Bechthold, K. Kao, K. Griggs and M. Steinberg, John Wiley & Sons) was published in 2004. Another that deals with smart materials and systems, Smart Materials in Architecture and Design (The Architectural Press, with Michelle Addington), was also released in 2004. His most recent book, Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design (Elsevier, 2010, with Mike Ashby and Paulo Ferreria) explores these new materials.
Schodek has published numerous articles and research reports, including several in the GSD Technology Report Series that deal with CAD/CAM applications in architecture and proceedings of symposia held at the GSD on the topic. Others are on diverse topics that include articles and encyclopedia entries on materials, housing technologies, discussions of the seismic behavior of existing housing, medical environments, and a host of other subjects. His research work has been sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Products Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Historic American Engineering Record, and other organizations.
A thread through research work has been on health care systems, including studies on a patient transfer module for stroke patients and other work. Recent research activities since 2008 include participation in the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure which focues on developing a rating system for infrastructures (now in cooperation with the Envision system). Further activies include a focus on food production systems.
Schodek holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1971 with a secondary area in material science and a minor in urban planning. He holds MS and BS degrees in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been given an honorary MA from Harvard University.