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Assistant Professor of Architectural Design
Year Started at JMU: 2020
Contact Info

brinen-neve-hall.jpg Brinen and his form Studio Figure win second award for their renovation of Neve Hall in Charlottesville

Nick is a licensed and registered architect in Virginia, Texas and New York. He is a founding partner of Studio Figure, where he oversees various project typologies across multiple scales. In conjunction with co-directing projects at Studio Figure, Nick has taught architecture and design at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of Virginia, Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design, where he spent 13 years teaching and developing the curriculum. While at Parsons, Nick wrote and shaped drawing courses, numerous design studios, and established the Parsons Street Seats design-build program with a research grant awarded by the Tishman Environment and Design Center. In addition, he led the Parsons Design Workshop, an M.Arch graduate-level, design-build studio that designs and fully constructs community-based projects on a pro bono basis. At JMU, his research and teaching focuses on the synthesis between empathetic research and empowerment offered through architecture.



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