Kazys Varnelis [http://www.varnelis.net] teaches the History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and in the Public Art Studies program at the University of Southern California [http://www.sciarc.edu]. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Art Center College of Design. Kazys's teaching and research focuses on contemporary architecture, late modernism, architecture and capitalism, and the impact of recent changes in telecommunications and demographics on the contemporary city.
He is a founding principal of the architectural/new media collective AUDC [http://www.audc.org]. Begun as a research unit within SCI-Arc by Kazys and designer Robert Sumrell [http://www.robertsumrell.com], AUDC is a nonprofit collective dedicated to using the tools of the architect, the designer, and the historian to research the individual and the community in the contemporary urban environment. AUDC blurs traditional divisions between media by working simultaneously in print, web, video, photography, drawings, models, dioramas, and installations while addressing the particularities of each medium. Likewise, AUDC breaks down the boundaries between theory and practice by uniting both scholarship and creative work.