Nicholas Bruscia’s teaching and research experiment with architectural form and structure via computational simulation and material prototyping.
Since 2012, he has been co-directing research toward lightweight, thin-gauge sheet metal structures, focusing on the digital workflow associated with the design and realization of large-scale prototypes. His collaborative work with Christopher Romano has 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 prior work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Architectural Association as part of the AA | FAB symposium; Taubman Gallery, University of Michigan; Digital Arts Museum, Berlin; Center for Architecture, New York; and at the University of Minnesota. Following the presentation of several 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). While a student, he received the Buckminster Fuller Award for innovative work and inventiveness in design. His teaching experience ranges from the co-coordination of undergraduate design-build studios up to and more recently, a graduate research studio within the Situated Technologies Research Group. In addition, he has taught various digital design seminars and digital media courses, and has led several workshops on related topics. He is a member of the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST) and director of the biennial Tokyo Study Abroad program. In 2011, he was given the Gary Day Award in appreciation of his leadership and dedication to the student body.