Interim Dean, School of Architecture & Allied Arts
Director, Certificate Program in Ecological Design
Core Faculty Member, Environmental Studies Program
phone: (541) 346-3631
office: 107 Lawrence Hall
M.Arch. University of Oregon, 1992
B.A. (Environmental Studies) Brown University, 1987
Associate Professor Brook Muller examines synergies between ecological processes and urban development. He considers relationships between architects' initial conceptual organizational ideas and the environmental responsiveness of what is built. He teaches design studio as well as courses in architectural theory, urban ecological design and sustainability. He serves as director for the Graduate Certificate Program in Ecological Design within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oregon in 2004, Muller was the director of a program in sustainable environments and an assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, where he was honored with the Wesley Ward Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002.
In collaboration with ecologist Josh Cerra, Muller developed the guidelines and project descriptions for the 2008 Portland Metro design competition "Integrating Habitats." Juror Susan Szenasy, editor of Metropolis, described Integrating Habitats as "a breakthrough in the annals of design competitions" in her monthly editorial. Muller authored an article on the aesthetics of the fusion of architecture and ecological restoration that appears in the journal Environmental Philosophy and an essay on metaphor and environmental receptivity in architectural design for the book Symbolic Landscapes. Brook was awarded the Oregon Campus Compact Judith Ramaley Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability in 2009. Brook is the author of Ecology and the Architectural Imagination (Routledge 2014).
Muller’s interest in the interrelation of metaphor, architecture, and the environment developed at Behnisch & Partner Architects in Stuttgart, Germany. He participated in several competition teams and was co-project leader for the design of the National Institute for Nature Research in The Netherlands, a $30 million, 120,000 s.f. building awarded the 2002 Trophee Sommet de la Terra et Batiment and featured in Architectural Record, New York Times, Landscape Architecture, and the Architectural Review.