University Bio - Kristin Nelson

Kristin  Nelson

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Kristin Nelson
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Loranger School of Architecture
Phone: 313-993-1532
Kristin Nelson
Areas of Expertise:
Environmental Systems
Passive Design
Building Enclosure Systems
Integrated Design
Building Simulation


  • Master of Architecture, Iowa State University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, University of Iowa


Kris began at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture in the Fall of 2018. Prior to joining UDM, she taught at the University of Florida and Iowa State University. She is a licensed architect in the state of Nebraska and holds an NCARB certificate. She has practice for over a decade in large, international firms, as well as maintaining a critical practice with her partner for nearly a decade. She enjoys teaching in interactive, applied scenarios, and encourages students to find the design potential in technical drivers.

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    Areas of Research / Research Topics:

    • Environmental Systems,
    • Passive Design,
    • Building Enclosure Systems,
    • Sustainability,
    • Integrated Design,
    • Building Simulation,
    • Building Technology Integration,
    • Technology and Design Studio Integration