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Andrew Cruse, AIA

  • Assistant Professor, Architecture Section
235 Knowlton Hall

Andrew Cruse is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture as well as a practicing architect. He is a member of the AIA, NCARB and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Cruse’s research focuses on architecture and energy. His recent projects include the exhibition “In the Air: Seeing architectural climates,” at the Ohio State Banvard Gallery, and academic presentations including “Are you comfortable now?: Interior climate and comfort models” at the 5th International Congress on Construction History. As part of his design practice, he is currently working on a glass pavilion on the Novartis Campus in Basel Switzerland.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Knowlton School, Cruse was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St Louis (2010-2013), and an Associate at Machado and Silvetti Associates in Boston (2000-2010). At Machado and Silvetti, he was project manager for a number of cultural and institutional projects. He has also worked at other architecture and landscape offices in San Francisco, New York and Tel Aviv.

Cruse earned his BA in Art History from Columbia University and his M.Arch from Rice University. While at Rice, he spent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Barcelona, Spain.

Recent Work

Body Building: Architecture of Personal Comforts

Comfort is an energetic and symbolic nexus between citizens and cities. Its definition simultaneously contains the thermal relationship between a body and its environment, and our individual identities as part of larger societies. Architects are professionally predisposed to see architecture as the primary context for comfort. However, shifting focus from the building to the body highlights how clothing shapes contemporary notions of comfort in ways that buildings cannot. The installation Body Building: Architecture of Personal Comforts at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism examines how the comfort of clothing presents design opportunities for rethinking the relationships between the body, energy and architecture. It formed part of the larger installation Energy is Everywhere and Nowhere, and included participates from Princeton, Harvard, MIT and ETH Singapore.