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Blaine Brownell

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Blaine Brownell is an architect, author, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He earned a bachelor of arts in architecture with a Certificate in East Asian studies at Princeton University in 1992, and a master in architecture from Rice University in 1998. He worked with Yung-Ho Chang, Mark Wamble, and NBBJ before establishing the design/research practice Transstudio, which focuses on disruptive material applications and emergent environmental building strategies. Brownell is considered one of the preeminent scholars of advanced materials for architecture and design, having authored the Transmaterial series for Princeton Architectural Press (2006-2010), in addition to an online material catalog that has been likened to “a 21st Century version of The Grammar of Ornament.” Brownell has been published in over forty design, business, and science journals, and has lectured widely in North America, Europe, and Asia. He was selected for a “40 Under 40” award by Building Design & Construction magazine in 2006, and Transmaterial was nominated for an International Book Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007. Brownell was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Tokyo University of Science as a Fulbright recipient (2006-07), and the Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of Michigan (2007-08). He is currently an assistant professor and director of the Master of Science program in Sustainable Design at the University of Minnesota (2008-present).


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