Joe Colistra

School of Architecture & Design - Architecture
Chair, Department of Architecture
Primary office:
Marvin Hall
Room 317 C
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:


Teaching Interests

  • Design Studio
  • Professional Practice

Research Interests

  • Architectural Design
  • Housing
  • Sustainability
  • Building Technology
  • Community Engagement

Academic Areas

  • Architecture

Past Courses Taught

  • Architectural Design Studio
  • Comprehensive Design Studio
  • Construction Documents
  • Building Technology
  • Environmental Energy and Building Form
  • Professional Practice
  • Public Interest Design


  • BED, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • MArch, University of Colorado at Denver

Teaching Experience

  • 2013 - Present University of Kansas
  • 2011 - 2013 American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • 1999 - 2011 University of Colorado at Denver

Firm Information

Joe Colistra is a founding Principal Architect of in situ DESIGN, an international architecture and urban design firm known for its award-winning community-based public interest design. Since its establishment in 2002, the firm has found ways to use architecture as an instrument for transforming communities.

Firm Website