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Karl Souders
Karl Souders
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Shattuck Hall 235
karls@pdx.edu

Master of Architecture, University of Oregon, 2004
Bachelor of Art, Fine and Performing Arts, University of Nebraska, 1999

Karl began his teaching career at Portland State University in 2007 where he teaches ARCH 120 Visual Communication I, a beginning drawing course, to freshman and students considering the study of architecture. His goal is to ensure that every student discovers a method that truly opens their eyes to the environment they inhabit, to find techniques that allow for them to translate what they see onto paper, and to transform their perceptions into a means of non-verbal, artist to audience communication. Karl is a practicing architectural designer working on post-tension / curtainwall towers and has significant experience in design visualization, 3D modeling, and hand and digital illustration and compositing. Previous professional experience includes Exhibit Design for Science Museums, loads of space planning, Four over One Multi-Family Housing, Tenant Improvement and Commercial projects.

He holds a Bachelor of Art, Fine and Performing Arts from the University of Nebraska (1999) where he studied printmaking under Karen Kunc, drawing with Keith Jacobshagen, photography with Shelley Fuller and Dave Reed, and ceramics with Eddie Dominguez. Karl was artist in residence at the Frans Masereel Centrum in the sping of 1997, practicing traditional lithography and copper plate etching. In 2004 he graduated from the University of Oregon (Eugene and Portland Center) with a Master of Architecture. The focus of his thesis was the graphic/content relationship, and his project was “Tenon Center for Teen Rehabilitation."

Karl regularly practices graphite and ink drawing, photography, dabbles with bronze and aluminum casting, watercolors, and has undertaken design projects of all shapes and sizes. When not working, he can be found riding his bicycle, backpacking, snowshoeing, and swimming.