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Julius J. Chiavaroli

Department of Architecture
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

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Julius J. Chiavaroli

Department of Architecture
Golisano Institute for Sustainability


B.Arch., University of Notre Dame; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology


Julius teaches a variety of courses in the Master of Architecture program at RIT. His areas of interest are in sustainability, urbanism, community engagement, 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 design 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 professional and community based organization. I try to leverage my professional credentials, teaching connection, and scholarship activities to benefit students, the profession, and the community via ongoing community engagement.

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.


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Currently Teaching

1 - 6 Credits
Masters-level scholarship by the candidate under the direction of the instructor. Students may enroll multiple times for a maximum of 9 credits towards their degree requirement. The subject of each offering varies depending on the nature and stage of the faculty member’s work.
0 Credits
ARCH-699 Co-op Architecture This course provides a ten-week (350 hour min.) work experience in the field. (Second year program status) Credit 0 (Su)
3 Credits
Typical interior building components will be studied in this course from subdivision of space down to selection of material finishes as they realate to building code regulations. Structural inquiry will continue with full coverage of strength of materials.
1 - 4 Credits
6 Credits
This studio provides the opportunity for students to execute a comprehensive and integrative project from schematic design through design development.
3 Credits
The major tectonic components of a building will be studied in this course focusing on the building envelope and typical structural configurations. Structural inquiry will fully cover the field of statics.
6 Credits
Building on the 1st year studios that explored basic communications between form and space this introduction to the 2nd year will investigate in greater depth the complexity and integrated nature of the architectural object and design process. Students will explore the artistic, conceptual, creative, and experiential side of architecture as a way of developing a rigorous process of architectural form-making. By developing methods, parameters, and alternatives of form-making, issues such as expression, perception, and representation will be explored. Although site design will be the focus of the course, full building designs will be examined in response to site parameters. Students will be expected to work in teams to explore communally a broad spectrum of design strategies at every opportunity.

In the News

  • August 6, 2018

    Madi Zhunussov discusses floor plans and designs with two representatives from the Coalition of NorthEast Association. They sit across from each other at a table with the designs covering the table top.

    Students designing city’s future sustainably

    A research and design collaborative between RIT architecture students and faculty with community partners in and around the city of Rochester is bringing new thinking to neighborhoods in need.

Featured Work

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Chiavaroli, Jules. Professor. 13 Dec. 2017. City Hall, Rochester. Exhibit.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Chiavaroli, Jules. "Data Inspired Design: New Tools and Standards for Sustainable Buildings." NYSCMA Annual Convention. NY State Concrete Masonry Association (NYSCMA). Rochester, NY. 9 Nov. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Chiavaroli, Jules. "Trends in Architecture and Architectural Education." NY State Concrete Masonry Association Spring Conference. NY State Concrete Masonry Association. Syracuse, NY. 25 Apr. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Chiavaroli, Jules and Mark Krystofik. "Built Environment vs. Sustainability Science." NY Statewide Preservation Conference. Landmark Society of Western New York. Rochester, NY. 25 Apr. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Chiavaroli, Jules and Mary Scipioni. "Resiliency Theory: A Conceptual Framework for Urban Design." American Institute of Architects New York State Design Conference. AIA New York State. Saratoga Springs, NY. 9 Oct. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Published Conference Proceedings
Potesta, Dr. Giovanna and Professor Jules Chiavaroli. "A New Life for American Cities: Urban Strategies and Community Engagement." Proceedings of the Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium. Ed. Professor Joe Calistra. Lawrence, Kansas: n.p., Print.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Chiavaroli, Jules. American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA Component Assistance Leadership Grant. Washington, DC, 2013.