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About the Author
Jonathan Racek is a multidisciplinary designer, and a professor at Indiana University Bloomington.
Jonathan's research is concerned with the design and creation of systems of production where the design/products/architecture/new systems emerge. This research is articulated through the high-tech—parametric modeling, digital fabrication, alternative visualization methods—and the low-tech, including participatory design in a developing world context.
He has worked with Play360, a nonprofit that trains organizations to build low-cost educational resources throughout the developing world. He has performed such training in Peru, the Philippines, Zanzibar, Guatemala, Thailand, Haiti, Guatemala, and Kenya (where he helped build one of the only playgrounds in the largest slum in Africa).
Before joining the faculty at Indiana University, Prof. Racek was founder of STEW, a furniture/architectural firm, for over nine years. Their work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Milan, Melbourne, Beijing and Dubai and has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, TIME magazine, and over 30 other domestic and international magazines.
In 2001, he received a design award from the American Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles chapter. He received his LEED AP certification in 2009. In 2012, he was named one of "40 Under 40" in the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry, as determined by Building Design+Construction magazine.
He has recently been working with virtual reality systems, specifically the Oculus Rift and its implications in architectural prototyping and visualization, educational exhibits, and historical preservation.