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Caryn Brause

Assistant Professor

Caryn Brause AIA LEED AP received her M.Arch degree at the University of Virginia and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching, Brause is the principal of SITELAB Architecture + Design in Northampton. The practice is a laboratory for investigating the broad context of the “site” through client-driven projects, theoretical investigations, and community collaborations. Design work examines the transformation and reuse of that which we have in abundance including existing building stock, underutilized urban and suburban landscapes, and repurposed materials.

Brause’s teaching investigates critical skills for contemporary practice, both technological and interpersonal. Her current work examines the role of collaboration in contemporary design practice. She received an AIA/ACSA Practice + Leadership Award in 2016 and an NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education in 2013 for her project Voices from the Field, which uniquely blends instruction in design, materials, methods, and documentation with first-hand observation of construction and professional practice. The ongoing research examines an experiential pedagogical model for understanding the myriad issues that comprise contemporary architectural design decision-making and project delivery. She is a founding editorial board member of the Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD) Journal, which is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in the field of building technology, with a particular focus on its translation, integration, and impact on architecture and design.

Research Areas

  • The Designers Field Guide to Collaboration (New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • "I-391 Gateway," Holyoke MA, 2016. A $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" Award in collaboration with the City of Holyoke and Joseph Krupczynski.
  • "Arrivals," Holyoke MA, 2014. A $35,000 public art commission at the Mosher St. underpass in Holyoke, MA. Winner of a open competition for public art proposals, in collaboration with Joseph Krupczynski.
  • ‘Beyond the Visible: Skillsets for Future Interior Architecture Practice,’ The Interior Architecture Theory Reader, Gregory Marinic, editor. Invited chapter to a forthcoming reader focused on history, theory, and production in Interior Architecture.
  • "Strategic Additions: Reconsidering Architecture’s Stepchild.” International Journal of the Constructed Environment 7, no. 1, January 2016, 43-54.


  • 2014 Mosher Street Rail Bridge Underpass, Public Art Competition Winner, collaboration with Joseph Krupczynski
  • Built and non-built architecture projects exhibited in Massachusetts (2013) and Seoul, Korea (2014)
  • Brause, C. and N. Darling, ‘The Light Cube: Employing the Measurable and the Immeasurable to address Constrained Sites,’ Engaging Media: identifying means l interrogating methods l investigating materials, Proceedings of the 31st National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, M. Jackson, G. Marinic, & L. Kirkland (Eds.) University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2015.
  • Brause, C. and C. Clouse, ‘The Ark: Grafting Productive Programs onto Contemporary Waste-space,’ OPEN CITIES Proceedings of the 2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference, Seoul, South Korea, 2014.
  • Brause, C., ‘Prototyping Practice,’ Materiality: Essence + Substance, Proceedings of the 30th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, L. Johnson, C. Wetzel, & K. Nagle (Eds.) Illinois Institute of Technology Press, Chicago, IL, 2014, pp 205-211. 

Awards and Accolades

  • NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and the Academy, Project - Voices From the Field: From Design Concept to Reality (2013)
  • AIA New England Citation Award, Project - EcoBuilding Bargains (2013)
  • Western Massachusetts AIA Merit Award and People’s Choice Award, Project – EcoBuilding Bargains (2012)

Courses Recently Taught

  • 2016 AIA/ ACSA Practice + Leadership Award
  • 2013 NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education
  • 2013 AIA New England Citation Award for Design Excellence: EcoBuilding Bargains
  • 2012 Western Massachusetts AIA Merit Award: EcoBuilding Bargains