is a design partner at Condia+Ornelas Architects, Manhattan, Kansas.
The 2017-20 Regnier Chair of Architecture at Kansas State, he teaches design as art with due considerations to: the biology of perception; the real; the ancient megaliths of man; and, the sensible poetics of an architectural experience. He has been a studio critic for more than 30 years in architecture and interior design. Bob is a 2017 DesignIntelligence Most Admired Educator and won APDesign’s Wayne McElwee Faculty Teaching Award, in 2017. Prof. Condia’s place in a neuroscience for architecture debate is as an architect and studio critic seeking the consequences of the applied science for architects. In order to succeed in this an architect needs to learn something of the vocabulary and methods of a scientist. He currently teaches a thesis studio emphasizing building design, embodiment, and affordances. In an effort to discover a shared glossary of spatial perception between scientists and architects, are his continuing experiments on vision and perception of urban environments with Dr. Colin Ellard.
Other recent work explores the biological basis of aesthetic experience, and the craft of teaching architects to teach. Prof. Condia earned an M.S in Building Design at Columbia University (1983), and a BArch at Cal Poly State, 1980.