Kristin Nelson

Kristin Nelson

Associate Professor of Architecture and Community Development

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 University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture & Community Development 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