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Randall Teal

Randall Teal

Architecture Department Chair, Professor


AAS 204



Mailing Address

Architecture Program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451
Moscow, ID 83844-2451

Randall Teal, a Professor and Head of the Architecture Program at the University of Idaho, is a writer, teacher, painter and designer. Randall has taught at University of Oregon, Southern University, and at Tampere University in Finland; he is the Owner and Principal of Teal Studio which specializes in small-scale design interventions. Randall’s pedagogical and research interests are in design fundamentals and architectural theory with a significant influence from Continental thought; he teaches theory courses and architectural design studios at all levels. His writing focuses primarily on the pedagogy of creative thinking and aims to understand and promote situated dialogue between critical architectural thinking and the built environment.

  • Ph.D. Architecture, 2019, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
  • MIARC Interior Architecture, 2000, University of Oregon
  • B.S. Psychology, 1994, University of Oregon

Randall Teal has given lectures at McGill University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Tampere University, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Utah, Washington State University, Montana State University and Ryukoku University in Kyoto Japan; he has been an invited critic at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Edinburgh, McGill University, Tampere University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Wentworth Institute of Technology, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Utah, University of Oregon, Southern University, Washington State University, Montana State University, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, University of South Florida, Portland State University, University of Calgary, University of Colorado, and the University of Arkansas.

Randall has also been: a juror for the Washington AIA Civic Design Awards; an external program evaluator for the Portland State University Architecture Program, a peer-reviewer for both the MIT Press and Routledge publishing companies; a founding member and served on the executive committee of the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum, a peer-reviewer for a number of conferences and journals, including a long-term relationship with the Journal of Art & Design Education; a regular external-reviewer for promotion and tenure cases outside the University of Idaho.

Internal to the University of Idaho, Randall has been a recipient of the Presidential Mid-Career Award and was part of Provost’s Strategic Planning Committee; he served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of the University of Idaho Faculty Senate; he has been awarded several grants, including a sabbatical to study and teach in Finland; he has served as mentor/advisor/sponsor to a number of funded student initiatives.

  • Design pedagogy 
  • Creative thinking
  • Non-linear systems
  • Narrative Architecture
  • Experimental media
  • Representational technologies

Projects done with students:

  • Possible futures for Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity. University of Idaho 2019
  • Visioning for St. Maries’ St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church expansion. St. Maries, Idaho 2017
  • Expansion and remodel of the  Royal Motor Inn. Moscow, ID 2014
  • Exploring possibilities for establishing a memorial and/or museum dedicated to WW 2 Pacific Theater prisoners of war. Bremerton, WA, Spring 2007

Journal Articles
  • Teal, Randall & Loo, Stephen. “A Pedagogy of the Concept,” International Journal of Art and Design Education 37.2 (2018): 211-220.
  • Teal, Randall. “Thinking Design: Notes on Process and Pedagogy,” Drawing On Journal 01 (2015): 139-155.
  • Teal, Randall. “Architectures of Temporal Affirmation,” Architecture Research Quarterly. Vol 18, Issue 3, ISSN: 1359-1355, September 2014: pp 205 – 209.
  • Teal, Randall. “Design Process as a Hermeneutic Practice,” In.Form: The Journal of Architecture, Design, and Material Culture, Volume 11: Design Process (2012): 22-37.
  • Teal, Randall. “An Inquiry into an Architecture of the Ungrounded,” Architecture and Ideas, (2011): 50-67. Teal, Randall. “Foundational History: An Integrated Approach to Basic Design, History, and Theory,” JAE: The  Journal of Architectural Education 64, No. 2. (March 2011): 37-45.
  • Teal, Randall. “Developing a (Nonlinear) Practice of Design Thinking,” The International Journal of Art & Design Education 29.3 (2010): 294-302.
  • Teal, Randall. “The Process of Place: A Temporal View of Sustainability in the Built Environment,” Journal of Environmental Philosophy 7:1, (Spring 2010): 63-78.
  • Teal, Randall. “Dismantling the Built Drawing: Working with Mood in Architectural Design,” The International Journal of Art & Design Education 29.1 (2010): 8-16.
Book Chapters
  • Teal, Randall. “Encountering Significance: Architecture, Place, and Heidegger’s Gods,” in Architecture, Culture and Spirituality: Contemporary Perspectives on the Nature of the Sacred in the Built Environment. eds. Barrie T.; Bermudez J.; Tabb P. (Ashgate: Burlington 2015)
  • Teal, Randall. “What Architecture Can Teach Us About Visual Communication,” Visual Communication. ed. David Machin, (De Gruyter Mouton: Berlin 2014)
  • Teal, Randall. “Designing for Mood,” in Design and Designing. eds. Garner S. W.; Evans C. (Berg: London 2012)
  • Teal, Randall. Preparing the Ground: Discovering the Everyday Practices of Design. (Kendall-Hunt: Dubuque, Iowa 2012). ISBN: 978-1-4652-1035-7


Architecture Program

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451 Moscow, ID 83844-2451

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428

Urban Design Center

Mailing Address:
322 E. Front Street
Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-885-6781

Urban Design Center