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About Caryn Brause

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 (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. The ongoing research examines an experiential pedagogical model for understanding the myriad issues that comprise contemporary architectural design decision-making and project delivery.  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.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2018 PROSE Award Honorable Mention: The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration
  • 2017 First Prize, Building Technology Educator’s Society Book Award: The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration
  • 2016 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects - ACSA/AIA Practice and 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

Contact Information

Design Building 324
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA. 01003


Research Works - Books, Book Chapters (4)

Journal (3)

Conference Proceedings (16)