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Jules J. Chiavaroli, AIA

Professor, Architecture


Jules Chiavaroli teaches courses in integrated building systems, integrated studio, and studio site for the Master of Architecture program. His areas of interest are in sustainability, urbanism, and publishing. In 2015 he was presented with the Medal of Distinction from the American Institute of Architects, and in 2016 he was nominated for the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. His students value his emphasis on problem solving, industry application, and sustainable solutions. When Mr. Chiavaroli is not busy with his students, he enjoys golfing, biking, skiing, hiking, gardening, and home improvement projects. 

Prior to coming to GIS, Mr. Chiavaroli was a professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT. He received his MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame.


Architecture is a wonderful blend of art, science, and technology. Thus students of architecture must be ready to approach building design from each of these perspectives. In studio courses, I encourage the creativity that is expected and appropriate, however all design decisions must be substantiated with research. In technical courses students learn by solving the technical aspects of building via a term project, not by exam. Often the term project is the same or similar to the studio project. As our program literature states; “The design studio is about dreaming dreams. Architectural technology is about making dreams come true. Neither one is useful without the other.”


I have long been involved with the American Institute of Architects, Rochester; The Landmark Society of Western New York; and the Community Design Center Rochester.

Highlighted Project

I have published and continue to publish textbooks, and educational monographs on a variety of topics on architecture and graphics. I am currently working on a new textbook that will outline the process required to create and examples that demonstrate integrated and comprehensive design projects.