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Cathy Braasch RA, LEED BD+C
Assistant Professor
Portrait of Cathy Braasch
Department of Architecture
318 Stuckeman
814.865.5941

Cathy Braasch is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Penn State and the founding principal of Braasch Architecture. At Penn State, she has taught undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios, visual communications, and collaborative master planning. Her research interests include duration and creative production in the built environment; the relationship between memory, ideation, and drawing; and intersections of architectural design and urban landscape.

Braasch Architecture’s work is comprised of commercial and residential projects that provide flexibility for the evolving needs of families and businesses.

Previously, she was an associate at Stoss, working on urban landscape projects such as the Plaza at Harvard University and CityDeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As a project architect at Stephen Yablon Architect and Della Valle Bernheimer, she designed numerous projects including a hotel in Soho, a residential amenity space in Brooklyn, and a condominium building in Chelsea. 

She also previously taught architectural design studios with a focus on landscape and urban design at Northeastern University and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Braasch received a master in architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and her bacehlor's degree from Yale University. Before pursuing architecture, Braasch designed scenery, lighting, and projections for theatrical productions.

Education

  • 2006 Master of Architecture: Harvard University Graduate School of Design

  • 1999 Bachelor of Art: Yale University

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 131: Basic Design Studio
  • ARCH 132: Basic Design Studio
  • ARCH 497: Collaborative Master Planning
  • ARCH 521: Visual Communication I
  • ARCH 522: Visual Communication II

Research

Duration and creative production in built environment related to spaces for performance and adaptive reuse; relationship between memory, ideation, and drawing; intersections of architectural design and urban landscape

Exhibitions + Presentations

“Hyperdimensional Investigations: Robert Reed’s Curriculum and the Legacy of the Bauhaus Pedagogy.” Bauhaus Transfers, State College, PA, 2019

“Rubber Bands and Chalk Dust: A Conversation with the Students of Robert Reed,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 2019

“Robert Reed Drawing Workshops.” University Park, PA (20 instructors, 180 students) New York, NY, 2019 (10 instructors, 100 students), 2019

“Subjective Spaces: Drawings and Collages by Robert Reed.” Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA, 2019

“Daily Drawings: Accumulation of Memory and Form.” Borland Project Space. State College, PA

“Spaces For Creative Production: Experimental Theatre, Adaptive Re-use, and Institutional Identity,” Dramatic Architectures Conference, Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo, Porto, Portugal, 2014

Publications

Braasch, Cathy. “Hyperdimensional Investigations: Robert Reed’s Curriculum and the Legacy of the Bauhaus Pedagogy.” Cloud-Cuckoo-Land, vol. 24., no. 39, Bauhaus Transfers, 2019, pp. 165–183.

Braasch, Cathy. “Spaces for Creative Production: Experimental Theatre, Adaptive Re-use, and Institutional Identity.” Persona, vol. 4, 2018, pp. 25-32.

CV + Files + Links

Students Drawing
Loop Loft
Black & White drawing
Design Build
Event Poster
Exhibition
Exhibition
U Loft Living Room Braasch Architecture
students with play structure