Teaching & Design Research
Killion is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Northeastern University in Boston, MA where is has taught sophomore design & urban design studio since 2015 and in 2020, lead a post graduate yearlong research studio focused on community based design approaches in Arcahaie, Haiti. Killion has also held various teaching roles at Massart College, where he has lead a place-based studios working in Lynn, MA and also Roxbury, MA. At the Boston Architectural College (BAC), Killion has been part of the Community Practice teams, teaching studios based on community engaged processes and partnerships. He has lead students working in partnership with communities in Boston to explore various problems communities needs to explore. These includes a two semester partnership with the Northend Community, through the ‘Save the Nazaro Community Centre’ to develop community lead solutions towards reuse and programming for the Nazarro Centre. Recently the Gateway partnered with the CMRPC and the Uxbridge community to explore the Re-imagining of the downtown Uxbridge through visioning and adaptive reuse of their Town Hall building.
Killion is currently focused on exploring research ideas towards the role of engagement in design processes and exploring a framework for measuring design impact through socio economic lens. Killion is also exploring research ideas that are Africa based and community lead towards platforms and tools that can foster documentation, curation and preservation of heritage/cultural architecture in the sub-Saharan region.
Prior to founding SIC, Killion, founded the design non-profit, Adaptiv and also worked at Build Health International and Shepley Bulfinch, where he worked on the design of the UGHE’s Butaro Campus in Rwanda.
While in Botswana, Killion combined teaching architecture at the University of Botswana and practicing with local firm Mosienyane and Partners as Design Director. He also founded Botswana’s first evert built environment focused media company, Boidus Media, which focused on creating platforms for the industry through print media (Boidus Focus) and also industry events and digital platforms.
In the UK, Killion worked for Building Design Partnership (BDP) where he was involved in urban design projects in the UK, Russia & Malta, Greece. Prior to BDP, Killion worked at Sheppard Robson in London.
Killion has previously has been previously elected to the Boston Society of Architects (BSA’s) Nominating Committee and has served as 2020 AIA New England Design Awards Jury and is currently serving as an advisory member for Department of Neighborhood Development/ Boston Society for Architecture/AIA the Housing Innovation Competition 2.0 Advisory Group.
Killion received his Master’s degree from University of Portsmouth, UK and Diploma in Architecture Architectural Association of London (AA), where he awarded the best The AA William Glover Bequest Award for outstanding 5th year thesis project.) and Degree in Architecture from Plymouth University, UK where he awarded the; Best End of Year Project, Best Year Technical studies Project, RIBA Presidents medal project nomination.