Jon Rule


Jonathan Rule

Assistant Professor of Practice and XR Faculty Innovator in residence

Jonathan Rule is a cofounder of MPR Architects and Assistant Professor of Practice / XR Faculty Innovator in residence at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he teaches in the areas of design, construction, fabrication and extended realities. His design studio has more than ten years of award winning professional practice which is complemented by his research work. The research focuses on material experimentation, innovation in construction systems and the uses of extended reality in architecture. The work seeks to interrogate productive synergies between the tactile and the virtual to establish innovative workflows and advance ways of seeing, communicating, designing and building. In addition, he works closely with the Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan as an XR Innovator in Residence where he advises on the development, implementation and use of extended realities for education. His research has received awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the XIV Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial. Rule received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a registered architect in Spain.




Rule, Jonathan and Jeremy Nelson, Shalaunda Reeves, Moeezo Saleem, Eric Schreffler. “Reimagining Architecture Education Through Virtual Reality.” Michigan IT Symposium, 2020, University of Michigan.

Rule, Jonathan and Ana Morcillo Pallares. “CCFF: Catenary Concrete Funicular Formwork.” Recalibration: On Imprecision and Infidelity Project Proceedings, ACADIA, 2018, Mexico City, Mexico.


Rule, Jonathan. “Keynote – Augmented Tectonics.” AUX: Immersive Learning Experiences Workshop, Auburn University, 2022, Auburn, Alabama.

Rule, Jonathan, “Making of Panots + Mosaics: Digital Craft and Making.” Making Symposium, Yonsei University, 2017, Seoul, South Korea.


ARCH 509 – Augmented Tectonics

ARCH317-417 – Construction

ARCH333 – Fabrication | Representation

ARCH537 – Fabrication