Catie Newell

Associate Professor of Architecture

Catie Newell develops material and optical assemblies that amplify our connection to a living and spinning earth. As the founding principal of the architecture and research practice Alibi Studio and an Associate Professor of Architecture at University of Michigan’s Taubman College, Newell’s research and creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to location and geography. The work ranges in scale from buildings to products and explores the world most deeply with material systems and optical captures. Alibi Studio deploys material explorations, illumination and darkness, and novel modes of occupation, all created through rigorous prototyping and custom fabrication tools. The process of fabrication is a vital act in the work, often amplifying material effects and situational influences, intertwining the processes of making and design across the entire project. Her work has been shown in secret venues in Detroit, in the Arsenale of the Venice Biennale, in night-sensitive museum solo shows, and in the landscape of rural Michigan. Newell is a Lucas Fellow, a Kresge Artist Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.




 Newell, C., Belanger, Z. & McGee, W. Shaping Glass for Acoustic Performance. Glass Structures & Engineering 7, 253–265 (2022).

Newell, Catie, Zackery Belanger, Wes McGee, “Shaping Glass for Acoustic Performance,” Challenging Glass, Volume 8, 2022. Newell, Catie, Ryan Craney, “Color Depth,” Challenging Glass, Volume 8, 2022.


ARCH 509- GLOW Workshop

ARCH 700- DMT Practicum

ARCH 709- Advanced Prototyping

ARCH 707- Material Engagement

ARCH 714- DMT Proseminar