Carl Lostritto
Drawing Database


Carl Lostritto lives and works in Providence, RI. He is Graduate Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Lostritto joined the RISD faculty in 2012. He has coordinated the Architectural Projection/Analysis sequence and the first semester core studio for grads and undergrads. He also taught advanced studios and seminars on subjects relating to computing and drawing. With a group of interdisciplinary faculty he recently initiated the university-wide Computation, Culture, and Technology concentration and taught first versions of its required courses, Introduction to Computation and Computation Research Studio. Currently, he is teaching thesis and the graduate theory seminar for students on the two-year track of the Masters Program.

In academia and his practice, Lostritto writes computer code, samples from history, designs tools, and adapts technology to augment human authorship in pursuit of architecture. Often, this work manifests as drawing. Because drawing does not have a fixed relationship to architecture, a complimentary line of his research involves reflection, analysis, and critique of drawing relative to form and space. Much of Lostritto's recent practice and scholarship address the broad implications of a refined technique: computer programming to control a vintage pen plotter. This work involves intense and iterative refinement of the algorithmic, aesthetic and material nature of lines. This work is also a conceptual enterprise. It relies on and addresses the capacity of the human eye, the adaptability of historic conventions, the role of representation, and the nature of architecture. His contributions to the field take the forms of artistic exhibitions, essays and professional collaborations on built and unbuilt work.

Before RISD, Lostritto taught architecture and design at MIT, Boston Architectural College, Catholic University of America, and the University of Maryland. He studied in a post-professional research program at MIT within the Design and Computation Group. His professional architecture degree was earned at the University of Maryland, where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal Thesis Prize and was recognized by the Center for Teaching Excellence. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and graduated summa cum laude.