Biography & Research
After earning a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University, Rhett earned his Master’s of Architecture degree from Columbia University where he received the Mckim Prize for Design Excellence. Rhett is a past recipient of The Young Architect’s Award from the Architectural League of New York, and a former Van Alen Institute Dinkeloo Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
Rhett is a partner and the design director of the interdisciplinary design practice, Specific Objects, located in Brooklyn, NY. By situating its work at the intersection of material behavior and digital technology, the firm has gained international recognition as a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary design practice. The firm’s work has been exhibited widely and has received international awards. Prior to launching his practice, Rhett worked in the offices of RUR Architecture PC, Hanrahan & Meyers Architects, and Bernard Tschumi Architects.
Prof. Russo has acquired a broad and critical perspective concerning the profound interface between design, technology, computation, engineering and fabrication for the education of an architect today. Rhett taught at several other distinguished programs, including New Jersey Institute of Technology; Washington University at St. Louis, where he was the Ruth & Norman Endowed Visiting Professor; SCI-Arc; California College of the Arts; Cooper Union; Pratt; Columbia University; and University of Pennsylvania.