Scott Gerald Shall is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University and the founding director of the International Design Clinic (IDC, www.internationaldesignclinic.org), a registered non-profit that realizes crowd-sourced architecture and virally-propagated creative action with communities in need around the world.
Since founding the IDC in 2006, Shall has worked through this organization to complete over a dozen projects on four continents, including an urban tent for the homeless made of reclaimed water bottles, a vision for education based upon borrowed resources for the migrant communities of India, educational devices based upon the vending architectures of Bolivia for kids working the streets of La Paz, and a two-dollar water filtration system. Shall’s research and creative work in this arena has been disseminated widely, including presentations at Third and Fifth International Symposia On Service Learning In Higher Education, the 2011 ARCC National Conference and the 2008 International Conference on Informal Settlements And Low Income Housing as well as invited lectures at Brown University (2009), the University of Maryland (2009), the New School for Design at Parsons (2008), and the Pratt Institute (2008).
Shall’s writing on socially-responsive design has been featured in a range of peer-reviewed publications, including works by the AIA Press (2010) and the University of Indianapolis Press (2010). In 2008 Interior Design magazine published the work of the IDC along with projects by Kengo Kuma & Associates, OMA, and Buckminister Fuller in an article highlighting practitioners who are challenging the edge of design practice. Shall has exhibited his creative work in venues around the world, including solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia (2011) and the AIA Center for Architecture in Philadelphia (2009) as well as group shows at the Sheldon Swope Museum of Art (2010), the SPOT gallery of Poznan, Poland (2010), the Goldstein Museum of Design (2010), the Crane Center in Philadelphia (2010, 2011), the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012) and MoMA (2014).