Joe Luciani supports the students of the Segal Design Institute and McCormick School of Engineering by mentoring students in the creation of prototypes with a focus on design, conventional/digital fabrication techniques, and material selection. 

Previously, Luciani managed and maintained Illinois Institute of Technology's Idea Shop. In this role, he provided mentorship and a collaborative work environment for team building, innovation, and problem solving for 40 teams made up of various academic backgrounds and skill sets that focused on real-world problems.

Before working in higher education, Luciani worked as an architect and is trained in the planning, design, and construction of built environments and structures. In 2010, he was awarded the American Institute of Architects' Distinguished building award and the 2011 Collaborative Practice Honor for his work on "Feld kappelle" a design/build project in Seckach, Germany.

Luciani is always looking for new challenges and is interested in working and collaborating on projects. He has maintained a strong interest in the design/build process with creative use of analog/digital design and fabrication methods. He finds potential in integrating fabrication into the design process and is interested in exploring how fabrication can provide innovative solutions to design problems and expressions of craft.


BA, Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Research Interests

Architectural design; exhibition/installation design; public/private art commission; design education; technology literacy and creative use; product design/development; CNC fabrication; prototyping; 3D printing; digital design/fabrication consulting.

Significant Recognition

2012 Honorable Mention - Baden-Württemberg, Germany Wood Award

2011 Collaborative Practice Honor - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

2010 Honor Award - AIA Distinguished Building Award