Nicholas Bruscia’s teaching and research experiment with architectural form and structure via computational simulation and material prototyping.
His current research is attempting to discover the structural potential of textiles made from helical auxetic yarns (HAY), particularly when used as a reinforcement within bending-active composite surfaces.
From 2012-2017, he co-directed research toward lightweight, thin-gauge sheet metal structures, focusing on the digital workflow associated with the design and realization of large-scale prototypes. This collaborative body of work received three Architizer A+ Awards in the Architecture + Fabrication and Architecture + Materials categories, the 2014 Best of Fabrication Award by Architect’s Newspaper, and was exhibited at the TEX-FAB 5, SKIN: Digital Assemblies symposium as the winning entry of the affiliated competition.
His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the University of Texas at Austin; Architectural Association as part of the AA | FAB symposium; Taubman Gallery, University of Michigan; Digital Arts Museum, Berlin; and Center for Architecture, New York. Following the presentation of co-authored peer reviewed papers, he is a member of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), and the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA).
Nicholas holds an MArch and MFA from the University at Buffalo’s dual degree program in Media Arts and Architecture (MAAP). His teaching experience ranges from the co-coordination of undergraduate design-build studios up to and more recently, graduate research studios and computational design seminars within the Situated Technologies Research Group. In addition, Nicholas is a member of the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST) and director of the recurring Japan Study Abroad summer program. In 2011, he was given the Gary Day Award in appreciation of his leadership and dedication to the student body.