Karen Kensek

Professor of Practice at 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 20 years in the transforming field of computer applications.

Kensek has hosted many building information modeling symposia at USC, annually since 2008. 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.

She is the co-editor of Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice (Wiley, 2014) and the author of Building Information Modeling (Routledge, 2014), which is available in English, French, and Chinese.