A principal at Jefferson Lettieri Design Office (JE-LE) in New York, Michael Jefferson has taught at The Cooper Union, City College of New York, University of Michigan and Cornell University. Prior to JE-LE, Jefferson practiced with Adjaye Associates, OMA, Studio SUMO and CODA. In 2019, Jefferson presented at the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture national conference, completed a residency at the MacDowell Colony and exhibited the installation Framework in New York City.

As SARUP Innovation in Design Fellow, Jefferson will examine J.N.L. Durand’s Precis Des Lecons D’Architecture through the prism of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In pairing the two, the project tests the endurance of disciplinary knowledge through the application of procedures and techniques that agitate it. The resulting sympathies and frictions between formats chart how conventions within the field of architecture are displaced by contemporary design methods and yield new territories for investigation.