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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 different scales. The scope of his work spans from private residential to restaurants, offices, and mixed-use buildings. In addition to co-directing projects at Studio Figure, Nick has taught architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of Virginia, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design. Currently, he is a Professor of Architecture at James Madison University where he was recently honored with the Beck Fellowship for his academic work focusing on creating circular economies of hyper-local materials to support community-based architecture projects. This research involves architecture students, local municipalities, and industry leaders in a collaborative effort to rethink what is considered waste material.



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