- M.Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture, 2004
- B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Holy Cross College, 1995
Jon Racek is a multidisciplinary designer whose scope of expertise includes architecture, interiors, furniture, landscapes, and playgrounds. He engages in both the high-tech (parametric modeling, digital fabrication, alternative visualization methods, etc.) and the low-tech (socially-responsible, community-engaged design in the developing world). His work with the non-profit group Play360 has taken him to Peru, the Philippines, Zanzibar, Guatemala, Thailand, Haiti, and Kenya. In addition to teaching studios for Interior Design, he frequently collaborates with other instructors both inside and outside of the School of Art and Design. Before joining the faculty, Professor Racek was an architect, furniture designer, and entrepreneur. His work has been exhibited all over the world and featured in publications such as the New York Times and TIME Magazine. In 2012, Building Design and Construction Magazine named him one of “40 Under 40” in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.