A registered architect, Sowell's research and teaching focus on the intersection among architecture, landscape architecture, and technology in urban regions, drawing upon interdisciplinary frameworks and digital tools to analyze how technology informs design, spatial experience, and landscape performance. His work has received national and international awards and been published or exhibited in a range of national and international venues, notably the Venice and Pan-American Biennales.
At Texas Tech, Sowell will advance a research agenda regarding the design and management of urban landscapes in areas that are increasingly shifting toward a semi-arid climate, including the continuation of projects tied to prescribed fire, novel ecosystems, and resilient infrastructure.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Sowell was an associate professor and director for the Graduate Program of Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He previously taught at the Penn School of Design and the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design.
Sowell received his Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee's College of Architecture and Planning, and his Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He is a co-principal of SSAU, Stiphany Sowell Architecture + Urbanism, with Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA of Tech's College of Architecture. Their work encompasses built and speculative projects that range in scale from material experiments and buildings, to parks and regional landscapes.