Architectural Design, Construction and Material Technology, Earthwork Art/Architecture, Native American Architecture, Italian Modernism.
- M.S. Building Design, Columbia University
- Bachelor of Architecture, University of Kentucky, Lexington
- Philosophy Statement
Architectural research should ultimately lead to construction but it does not necessarily begin there. The physical embodiment of theory is the clear aim of my architecture. An actionable theory must exist simultaneously in realms that are both spatial realities and timeless, transfigural realities. Model, structure, space, form, light, and color are the programmatic content of the constructions.
Professor Plymale is founding partner of the San Francisco-based Volume21: Office for Architecture. V21 is a research office that makes speculative projects, constructs houses, and pursues international competitions. The architecture of V21 is propelled by studies in bodily proportion, built-in cabinetry, pre-fabrication, material technology, art, music, and the dwelling patterns of the 21st century. Research interests include: the body and architecture, construction and material technology, earthwork art/architecture, Native American architecture, Italian modernism, and the work of architect Leonardo Ricci. For ten years Plymale worked with José Oubrerie, assistant to Le Corbusier at Atelier Rue de Sèvres 35. Plymale received an AIA honor award for his work with Oubrerie on the Miller House, which is published extensively. Professor Plymale served as an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies (B.Arch. program) at the University of Kentucky, where he was twice voted AIAS Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He has taught graduate studios at Ohio State University and California College of the Arts. He has led several ambitious travel programs through Italy, the U.S., and California and taught extensively in Venice, Italy.
- Courses Taught
- ARCH 100A Fundamentals of Architectural Design
- ARCH 100B Fundamentals of Architectural Design
- ARCH 101 Case Studies in Architecture
- ARCH 201 Case Studies in Architectural Design
- ENV DES 11B Introduction to Design