Karen Kensek

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California


Professor Kensek teaches in the field of computer applications for architecture. Her research work includes BIM + Sustainability, BIM + digital simulation, virtual reconstruction of ancient places, the role of ambiguity in reconstructions, solar envelopes, and digital design. Previously she taught computer seminars and assisted with computer-aided design studios at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the recipient of numerous grants and donations of computer hardware and software. She is a past president of the Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), was awarded the 2002 Tau Sigma Delta medal for distinction in teaching and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at USC in 2004. She has been teaching for over 25 years in the transforming field of computer applications.  She completed two new books this year:  Kensek, Karen. “Building Information Modeling,” Routledge, 2014 Kensek, Karen and Douglas Noble. “Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice,” Wiley, 2014.  Kensek has hosted six building information modeling symposia at USC: BIM SYM; BIM BOP 2008: the Second Annual USC Symposium on BIM + Sustainable Design; BIM FAB!CON: the Third Annual USC Symposium on Building Information Modeling + Construction and Fabrication; BIM ANALYTICS: the Fourth Annual USC Symposium on Building Information Modeling + Evidence Based Design;  Extreme BIM: Parameters and Customization, and Practical BIM in 2012. She has spoken at the AIA Annual Conference several times, was awarded with the School of Architecture the Autodesk Revit BIM Experience Award in 2008 and spearheaded the effort for an Honorable Mention awarded by the AIA TAP Group in Building Information Model for B III M (Building Integration Interoperability Interdisciplinary Modeling) in 2010.