The Catholic University of America


Eric Jenkins


Eric is a Professor and director of the School's Urban Practice concentration. Among other courses, he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and thesis, freehand sketching and research methodologies. Additionally, he has directed several foreign and domestic programs including semester programs in Rome (Spring 2011 and Spring 2012) and Barcelona (Spring 2008) and short-term programs including those in Turkey, Spain, The Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Japan, Morocco, Germany and the United Kingdom. 


Eric's research and writing has focused on design epistemology at multiple scales and through varied media. In the past few years he has focused on analytical sketching in cultivating design thinking. He has published in Centropa, MIT'sThresholds and Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Paratactics. He is the author of the two books: To Scale: One Hundred Urban Plans (Routledge, 2008) and Drawn to Design: Analyzing Architecture through Freehand Drawing(Birkhauser, 2013).  He has directed workshops and lectured at national universities including Clemson University, Miami University, Ryerson University and the University of Minnesota as well as The Smithsonian, The National Building Museum and the Corcoran School of Art and Design.


He is the recipient of several teaching and design awards.  In 1996, the University of Maryland honored him with a Certificate of Teaching Excellence.  In 2006, CUA honored him with the James E. Dornan Memorial Undergraduate Educator of the Year award. This award recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding classroom teaching ability, academic advising and publications. Also, in 2006, Eric was nominated for the Provost’s Excellence in Teaching award. Most recently, he was honored the 2014 Provost's Award for Excellence in Creative Expression.


As a licensed architect, Eric served three terms as an At-Large member of the AIA's District of Columbia chapter board of directors.  He is a design consultant with Studio 27 Architecture. It was with Studio 27 that he worked on Nusonian Homes prefabricated house prototype which was honored by The Virginia Society of the AIA with a 2004 Certificate of Merit for “Excellence in Architecture” award. In 2002, his Washington, DC loft renovation earned an Inform Design Award.


He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.