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Caryn Brause FAIA is the founder and principal of SITELAB Architecture + Design. 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.

Caryn also serves as a Co-Director of the Center for Design Engagement (CDE). CDE is a non-profit community & design resource center in Holyoke, MA providing progressive design, innovative public art and civic engagement, particularly in underrepresented communities.

Caryn is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Through her many activities, she connects the academy and the profession, and she works to translate research into practice domains. Her current research projects examine the relationship between higher education built environments and student learning and development. She is author of The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration, winner of First Prize, 2017 Building Technology Educator’s Society (BTES) Book Award. Her applied professional practice course, Voices from the Field: From Design Concept to Reality, was recognized with a 2016 AIA/ACSA Practice + Leadership Award and a 2013 NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education. She is a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD), 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.

Link to academic work here.