Schermer, Brian

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Brian Schermer, Ph.D. is a licensed architect and associate professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also a principal at Workshop Architects, a nationally known firm that specializes in the design of student life facilities for higher education. His research and creative practice focus on understanding the college campus as a social ecology and the planning and design of campus places that foster community, learning, work-life balance, and sense of belonging. His research on campus capital mapping received the 2017 Certificate of Research Excellence from the Environmental Design Research Association. He is a co-recipient of the 2018 Certificate of Research Excellence from the Environmental Design Research Association for research on the architecture of social learning and knowing: creating change in the workplace. He is a regular presenter at academic conferences, conferences for higher education professionals, and is a participant in the Association of College Unions International’s national study of college unions as places for student engagement for learning. He is the co-author of two books, Law and Practice for Architects and Building Bridges, Blurring Boundaries: The Milwaukee School of Environment-Behavior Studies. His teaching received the 2011 National Architectural Registration Boards award for Creative Integration in Practice and the Academy.

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Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Michigan
M. Arch., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Focus

Architectural clients and the relationship between organizational and architectural change
Challenges in contemporary architectural practice


Arch 585 Research Methods
Arch 586 Programming for Arch Design
Arch 645/845 Workshop Studio
Arch 750 Pro-seminar in Environmental Design Research
Arch 785 Advanced Research Methods in Architecture

Selected Work

"Lost in the Translation: Project Partnering as a Model of Collaborative Design and Construction." Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture International Conference; Helsinki, Finland; July 27-30, 2003.
"Weaving the Institutional and the Practical in Everyday Architectural Ethics." Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Central Region Conference; Muncie, Indiana, October 24-26, 2003.
"Organization Clients and Architectural Communities of Practice: Material and Social Construction at the Chrysler Technology Center." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2002
"Post-Occupancy Evaluation and Organizational Learning," in Community: Evolution or revolution: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Environmental design Research Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 22-6, 2002.
"Client-Situated Architectural Practice: Implications for Architectural Education," Journal of Architectural Education, September 2001, 31-42
"Post-Occupancy Evaluation & Organizational Development: the Experience of the United States Postal Service." Co-author with Jay Farbstein, Min Kantrowitz, and John Hughes-Caley, Building Evaluation: Advances in Methods and Applications, Wolfgang F. E. Preiser (Ed.) New York: Plenum; 1989

External Link

Knowing the Design Future