Vytenis Gureckas was born in Brooklyn NY to Lithuanian parents. Having received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Maryland in 1981 he went on in 1985 to secure a Master of Science in Building Design degree at Columbia University. In 1984 he received his professional license and worked for Cass and Pinnell then later ADD Inc. in Washington, D.C. and for Ulrich Franzen in New York City. Between 1987 and 1997 he had his own practice. He started teaching part time at Catholic University in 1987 and full time since 1991. He has won awards for built work as well as for his design-build teaching in the 1990’s. Since then he has concentrated on teaching with a focus on fundamental architectural design, fundamental urban design, multi-unit urban housing, and the history of modern architecture.