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CURRICULUM VITAE

Victoria University School of Architecture
Professor of Design Studio; Associate Dean (Academic Development)

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION

Architecture License 021852 New York (1991-present)
 
 
EDUCATION
 
Master of Architecture (1979-1982)
Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Final Master’s studio supervisor: John Hejduk
 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours Degree, 1972-1976)
Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267 USA
Dean’s List

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2010 Venice Architecture Biennale
12th International Architecture Exhibition “People Meet in Architecture”
Italy Pavilion, Venice, Italy
29 Aug – 21 Nov 2010
Theme: “Reflections of the future: work that unveils a vision of architecture as civil art capable of generating solutions for a society in the midst of deep-seated change.”
 
Night Hours: Architecture of Devotion Exhibition
Gowanus Ballroom: a Space Dedicated to Art, Architecture and Engineering
Brooklyn, New York, USA
24 Jun – 3 Jul 2011
 
Vessels: New Zealand International Arts Festival
Museum of Wellington – Wellington Museums Trust
Wellington, New Zealand
26 Feb – 21 Mar 2010
 
Silent Witnesses: Pathways and Passages
Labastide Esparbairenque (Carcassonne / Toulouse), France
23-30 Nov 2010
 
Intermezzo: Birth of Rome Festival
Opening Night: Projected onto Michelangelo’s Palazzo dei Conservatori
Capitoline Hill, Rome, Italy
21 April 2009
 
Click here for a complete list of Installations and Design Research
 

RESEARCH PLATFORM

My design research explores Architecture and Dystopia | Design Intervention as Social Activism. This research challenges our built environment to arrive at new solutions to 21st century problems we are facing: sites transformed by rising sea levels, global warming, destructive strip mining; sites damaged by war, abandonment, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and floods; sites responding to disenfranchised youth, marginalized populations, or diasporas; partially completed urban infrastructures or abandoned and dilapidated buildings resulting from economic recession. This research implicates meaning, narrative, allegory, and collective memory within the contexts of social history, economics, environmental resilience and cultural identity. It demands that my students, as representatives of the new generation, take a strong personal position on what it means to represent this generation. How can the history and decayed state of permanently scarred sites be proactively used in their rejuvenation? How can new approaches to rejuvenating a permanently scarred site foster new ways of thinking about the significance of decay, future growth and resilience?

My design research installations investigate how neglected architectural and urban sites can be strategically revitalized by re-establishing critical links to lost environmental, cultural and mythological imperatives. They transform dilapidated or at-risk sites into rejuvenated public spaces by reconnecting them to their environmental, historical and cultural contexts. The resulting narratives are designed to challenge our perception of our built environment as well as its inhabitants. The impact of my annual collaborative design research in Rome since 2005 played a significant role in convincing the regional council that strategic application of environmental, cultural and historical imperatives is a viable cost-effective approach to culturally revitalizing derelict or neglected public spaces. As a result of this research relating to a neglected half-kilometer stretch of the Tiber River between the Sisto and Mazzini bridges, Rome has begun transforming this derelict site of our research into a permanent public space that is attracting thousands of visitors.

For more information see: http://cargocollective.com/danielkbrown/About-Daniel-K-Brown
For MArch students’ work see: http://cargocollective.com/danielkbrown
 

EMPLOYMENT

Victoria University School of Architecture [1998 – present]
Professor of Design Studio; Associate Dean (Academic Development)
139 Vivian Street, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Program Director, INTA [2004-2007; 2009-2012]
Deputy Head School of Design [2005-07]
New Zealand National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching 2005
Ten university teaching awards [1998 onward]
Video on my Research-Led Teaching: Changing the Face of Wellington.

Emilio Ambasz & Associates [1990–1996]
Vice-President of New York Office
New York, New York, USA
40 Architecture Projects including 25 large-scale international projects and 15 large-scale projects within USA

Richard Meier & Partners [1989–1990]
Development and documentation in New York; Regular site visits for client liaison to Barcelona
New York, New York, USA
Principal Architecture Project: Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (14,000sm)

Harry Seidler & Associates [1985–1989]
Senior Associate; Project Manager
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Principal Architecture Project: Shell Oil National Headquarters, Melbourne
25-Stories; Responsible for 20-person team

Brown Daltas & Partners [1984–1985]
Project Designer
Rome, Italy and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Principal Architecture Project: “Memorial to Science”, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (60 meter high memorial museum)

Herbert Newman & Associates [1982–1983]
Assistant Designer
New Haven, CT, USA
Principal Architecture Project: Hartford University Art School 
 

FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

New Zealand India Research Institute [2012 – present]
Invited Inaugural Fellow; $42,550 external research grant
 
Asian Cultural Council [2011-2012]
Research Fellowship: 1 month fully funded research travel grant to Nepal
“Traditional Architecture in Nepal and Its Relation to Environmental and Cultural Responsiveness”

Centre d’Art – Marnay Art Centre [Dec 2010]
Artist Residency: 4 weeks partially funded (Foundation Ténot) research travel grant to Marnay-sur-Seine (Nogent / Paris), France
Architectural Drawing Series: “Silent Witnesses: Portals”

La Muse [Nov 2010]
Artist Residency: 3 weeks fully funded research travel grant to Labastide Esparbairenque (Carcassonne / Toulouse), France
Architectural Drawing Series: “Silent Witnesses: Pathways and Passages”

Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities [Nov 2009]
Artist Residency: 5 weeks fully funded research travel grant to Bogliasco (Genoa), Italy
Rivers of the Underworld”; “Overtones” (Orvieto); “Sala Ferrari Gallery Drawing Exhibition

Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence [2008 – present]
Inaugural New Zealand National Fellowship
New Zealand National Award for Excellence in Tertiary Education 2005

Asian Studies Institute [Jan 2005 – present]
Invited New Zealand Fellowship

Fulbright Fellowship [1998-1999]
U.S. Congressional Fellowship: 9 months fully funded research travel grant to Thailand
“Establishing New Directions for Contemporary Architecture in Thailand through Spatial Narrative”

Asian Cultural Council [Oct – Dec 1997]
Research Fellowship: 3 months fully funded research travel grant to Nepal
“Traditional Architecture in Nepal and Its Relation to Environmental and Cultural Responsiveness”

American Institute of Indian Studies [Jan – Sept 1997]
Research Fellowship: 9 months fully funded research travel grant to India
“Design Research in the Unique Use of Spatial Narrative in Hindu Architecture”
 

TEACHING AWARDS

2005 New Zealand National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching
2005 Award for Special Academic Achievement
2004 Award for Best Lecturer
2004 Award for Best Course
2003 Award for Best Lecturer
2001 Award for Best Lecturer
2001 Award for Best Tutor
2001 Award for Best Course
2000 Award for Best Tutor
2000 Award for Best Course
1999 Research and Study Fund Award
1999 Award for Special Academic Achievement
 

COURSES TAUGHT AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON

Architecture Master’s Research Thesis Supervision MArch (ARCI 591 full year)
Architecture Design Studio Year 5 BArch (ARCH 482)
Architecture Design Studio Year 4 BArch (ARCH 412)
Architecture Design Studio Year 3 BArch (ARCH 311)
Architecture Research (ARCH 489)
Architecture on the Edge of City and Sea (ARCH 381)
Architecture Management Principles (ARCH 363)
Interior Architecture Master’s Research Thesis Supervision MIA (INTA 591 full year)
Interior Architecture Design Research Studio Year 4 (INTA 412)
Interior Architecture Design Studio Year 3 (INTA 311)
Landscape Architecture Master’s Research Thesis Supervision MLA (LAND 591 full year)
Project Advancement and Portfolio Design (DESN 301/384 Inter-Disciplinary)
Narrative Architecture and Design (DESN 383 Inter-Disciplinary)
Colour and Lighting Design (DESN 234 Inter-Disciplinary)
International Field Study Rome (SARC 384/484 Inter-Disciplinary)
International Field Study Nepal and Tibet (SARC 383/483 Inter-Disciplinary)
International Field Study India and Thailand (ARCH 384 Inter-Disciplinary)
International Field Study India and Hong Kong (DESN 391 Inter-Disciplinary)
 

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY AND ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP ROLES

Faculty of Architecture and Design (FoAD) Associate Dean of Academic Development (2015-present)
Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) Academic Committee (2015-present)
VUW Academic Committee 180pt Master’s Degree Working Group (2015)
VUW Academic Board (2013-present)
FoAD Academic Committee (Chair 2015-present)
Board of Studies, VUW Foundation Programme (2017-present)
VUW Moderation Reference Group (2017-present)
FoAD Faculty Management Team (2015-present)
FoAD Attendance and Mandatory Requirements Working Group (2015)
VicTeach (2015-present)
School of Architecture (SoA) Strategic Engagements Committee (Inaugural Chair 2012)
SoA Management Advisory Team (2007-2012)
VUW Research Establishment Grants Committee (2011-present)
Science, Architecture, Design, Engineering Faculty Management Team (2011-present)
SoA Professions Advisory Committee (Inaugural representative 2010-2012)
Wellington Museums Trust Advisory Group (2011-present)
Deputy Head School of Design (SoD)  (2005-2007)
Program Director, Interior Architecture (Inaugural Director 2004-2007; 2009-2012)
FoAD Timetable Coordinator (2005-2012)
VUW Equity Advisory Group (2006-2009)
SoD Senior Executive Committee (2000-2006)
SoD Research, Postgraduate Studies and Leave Committee (2000-2006)
SoD Program Director BA Design Studies (2005-2006)
SoD Student Liaison Committee (Director 2004-2006)
FoAD Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Advisory Panel (Chair 2003, 2005)
SoD Marketing and Public Relations Group (Chair 2000-2006)
SoD Curriculum Development Group (Chair 2000-2001)
VUW University Teaching Working Group (2000)
FoAD Exhibitions Coordinator (1998-2003)