Caryn Brause 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.
In addition to her professional work, she is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Brause’s teaching investigates critical skills for contemporary practice, both technological and interpersonal. Brause is author of The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration (Routledge 2017).
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. Brause 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.