Jared Macken is an architectural designer and theorist who researches the intersection between architectural form, the city, and cultural production. He received his Doctor of Science in Architecture from the ETH-Zürich in 2018, his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2011, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Wichita State University in 2002. He is now Assistant Professor of Architecture at Oklahoma State University where he teaches design studio and elective courses that research the typology of the town center as manifested within the small town in Oklahoma. His master’s thesis at the University of Illinois Chicago was published as the award winning book The Western Town: A Theory of Aggregation (Hatje Cantz, 2013), and completed with generous support from The Graham Foundation. He previously taught at the ETH, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Kansas, and Wichita State University.