Texas Tech University

Stephen Mueller

Associate Professor

M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University
B. Arch, The University of Kansas

Stephen Mueller's research seeks novel applications for emerging spatial technologies to analyze, engage, and transform urban environments. Mueller's work leverages techniques of automation, sensing, visualization, and simulation to analyze, represent, predict, and operate within nascent binational environmental conditions.

Mueller is the founding Director of Research at POST (Project for Operative Spatial Technologies), a territorial think-tank and CoA research center situated on the US-Mexico border. POST engages transformations in the borderland through projects intersecting urban geography, border studies, and digital humanities.

Mueller is co-author of FRONTS: Security and the Developing World (AR+D, 2020), which uncovers a growing geography of codependence between the global security complex and the urban morphologies of the developing world which it increasingly incriminates.

Mueller is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York, and the 2010-2011 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Mueller received the GSAPP Incubator Prize from Columbia University, for ongoing research to uncover, represent, and design for the unseen dangers of irradiated shade in the borderland.

Mueller holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

Mueller is a registered architect and a founding partner of AGENCY, a design and research practice which leverages spatial design and spatial information to counteract nascent forms of global and urban insecurity.


Room 112 (El Paso)
Office Hours: M/W 11:30 AM–12:30 PM and by appointment