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Caryn Brause

Associate Professor

Research + Publications

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Caryn Brause FAIA 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. She is author of The Designer's Field Guide to Collaboration, winner of First Prize, 2017 Building Technology Educator's Society (BTES) Book Award. 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.


  • “Transferring visual methods from design to social science to advance built environment research,” Proceedings of the 2020 EAAE-ARCC International Conference, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 2020.
  • "Creative Framing, Systematic Exploration." Editorial while serving as Issue Editor for the journal of Technology | Architecture + Design 4:1, Translation, 2020.
  • Integration + Innovation: Proceedings of the 2019 Building Technology Educators’ Society Conference, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019. Co-Editor with Peggi L. Clouston and Naomi Darling.
  • The Designers Field Guide to Collaboration (New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • ‘Collaboration: Propelling An Expanded Practice,’ Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit," Proceedings of the 105th Annual ACSA Meeting, Luis Francisco Rico-Gutierrez & Martha Thorne (Eds.) Detroit, MI, 2017.
  • ‘Beyond the Visible: Skillsets for Future Interior Architecture Practice,’ The Interior Architecture Theory Reader, Gregory Marinic, editor. (New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • "I-391 Gateway," Holyoke MA. A $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" Award with the City of Holyoke and Joseph Krupczynski, 2016.
  • ‘Urban Gleaning: Promoting Food Security Through Opportunistic Design Strategies,’ Proceedings of the 5th Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning, Budapest, Hungary, 2016. (with Carey Clouse)
  • ‘Intern architects in the academy: preparing for future practice,’ Future of Architectural Research Proceedings of the 2015 ARCC Conference, Chicago, IL 2015.
  • "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 (with Joseph Krupczynski)

Awards and Accolades

  • 2021 Elevated to Fellowship by The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • 2021 PROSE Award Finalist for best new journal in the Humanities & Social Sciences: Technology | Architecture + Design
  • 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Finalist, Project: El Corazon | the Heart of Holyoke (with the City of Holyoke, Joseph Krupczynski, and Nueva Esperanza, Inc.)
  • 2018 Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel Fellowship
  • 2018 PROSE Award Honorable Mention: The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration
  • 2017 Building Technology Educator's Society (BTES) Book Award, First Prize
  • 2017 International Award for Excellence for The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 7 
  • 2016 Western Massachusetts AIA Citation Award, Project: Arrivals
  • 2016 AIA/ ACSA Practice + Leadership Award
  • 2013 NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and the Academy
  • 2013 AIA New England Citation Award, Project: EcoBuilding Bargains
  • 2012 Western Massachusetts AIA Merit Award and People’s Choice Award, Project: EcoBuilding Bargains

Courses Recently Taught

  • Master's Thesis Prep
  • Voices from the Field: From Design Concept to Reality
  • Analysis + Representation I: Digital Design and Communication
  • Analysis + Representation II: Digital Fabrication
  • Undergraduate Design III: The Ark Studio