Ed Popko is a graduate of the University of Detroit’s School of Architecture and has both Masters and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a registered architect. In the 1960’s, he was an apprentice in Buckminster Fuller’s affiliate office, Geometrics Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and later authored Geodesics, a primer on geodesic domes and featured in The Whole Earth Catalog. As a Fulbright Scholar in Latin America, Ed worked with international development agencies developing national low-income housing programs. His PhD thesis and book, Transitions, document the problems of rapid urbanization and the power of self-help housing programs in third-world countries.
Prior to joining IBM, he was a University Lecturer at Harvard University. At the Graduate School of Design Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis he taught computer mapping and computer methods for urban analysis. For the past 30 years, he has held research, product development and marketing positions for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technology within IBM for public utilities, architecture-engineering-construction, industrial buildings and shipbuilding.
He is retired from IBM and lives with his wife Geraldine in Woodstock, New York.
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Model by Magnus Wenninger
Chris J. Kitrick is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in Architecture and a masters in Structural Engineering. In the late 1970s, he interned
for three years at Buckminster Fuller’s Professor Emeritus office on the campus of the University of Philadelphia. During that tenure he was involved in Fuller’s Synergetics II book, multiple dome developments, tensegrity research, and the first computerized version edition of the Dymaxion Airocean map. For the past 36 years, he has been involved with graphics software and hardware development from mainframe to mobile devices enabling the rapid advancement of visual technology. Independently, he has authored and presented numerous technical papers on spherical geometry at international conferences on space structures. He is still working and resides in La Jolla, California, with his wife Tomoko. They have two sons Francis and Ian, and one daughter, Eileen.
Chris J. Kitrick is holding a model of quasi-regular geodesic tessellation of the tetrahedron. See (Kitrick 2011).