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

Cathy Braasch is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University 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 B.A. from Yale University. Before pursuing architecture, Braasch designed scenery, lighting, and projections for theatrical productions.


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

  • 1999 Bachelor's 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


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


Braasch, Cathy. “Spaces For Creative Production: Experimental Theatre, Adaptive Re-use, and Institutional Identity.” Persona, vol. 4, expected 2017, pp. tbd.

View of Dining Room
View of Kitchen
Computer rendering of Recipe
Daily Drawing 04.10.2014
ARCH132 Wall Project
Architecture project viewed from overhead
Bright colored blocks in architecture project
photo of Cathy Braasch's work
photo of Cathy Braasch's work
photo of Cathy Braasch's work