School of Architecture
CAPLA East Building
Areas of Expertise
Architecture and design
Building science incorporating sustainable design
Energy modeling integration into design concepts
Innovation in healthy environments
- Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Bachelor of Architecture, The University of Arizona
As a practicing architect and the founder of Brubaker Architects, David Brubaker, AIA, CPHC brings to the classroom real-world experience from the design profession. Prior to forming Brubaker Architects in 1998, he was responsible for project design at Harry Weese Associates (now Gensler), Perkins + Will and OWP/P (now CannonDesign.)
His portfolio includes large, complex projects such as hospital systems and operating rooms, mixed-use high-rises and high-profile corporate headquarters. Many of these involved intricate, technically challenging problems that were solved with simple, elegant solutions. Envisioning a project’s essence with a blend of art and science is at the forefront of David’s design thinking.
As a Certified Passive House Consultant, David consistently emphasizes energy efficiency as integral to Brubaker Architects’ design process. His Sonoran Desert residence is the first Phius-Certified project in the 2B Climate Zone, which includes Tucson.
More recently, during the Spring 2023 semester, both UArizona teams he mentored for the 2023 U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon Design Competition graduated to the final competition, while one was awarded third place in the Attached Housing division.
- Climate Positive Details
- Fourth Year Option Studio – Solar Decathlon Design Competition
- First Place Health Care Project for the Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds Healing Garden and Conservatory, Milwaukee Business Journal