Bryan Shields

Position Lecturer




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Areas of Expertise

​Architectural Practice
Architectural Photography


Teaching Philosophy

In his practice, research, and teaching, Bryan strives to be an agent of change, prioritizing the human scale and human experience. This method involves investigating and interpreting cultural, spatial and environmental characteristics of a site in order to create a rich interface between the occupant and the existing context. 


Educational Credentials:

Master of Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  2004
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  2000

Teaching Experience:

Lecturer, Architecture Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA  2015-Present
Lecturer, UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture  2008 - 2015

Professional Experience:

Owner, flux DESIGN, San Luis Obispo, CA
Project Architect, Liquid Design, Charlotte, NC 
Project Manager, Hall Architects, Charlotte, NC 


Licensed Architect in North Carolina

Professional Memberships:



Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • ACSA National Conference-Project: Collage as a Mechanism for In-Situ Analysis, 2014
  • Foreign Studies Exhibition-Curation of student work produced for Scandinavia Study Abroad Program
  • Ground Up Journal Issue: Landscapes of Uncertainty
  • ACSA National Conference Project: Roofless Gallery for [Con]temporary Art, 2012
  • ACSA National Conference Project: Diagram + Detail, 2011
  • Beginning Design Conference: Open Session Moderation, 2010
  •  Charlotte School of Architecture Research Through Making Grant-Architectural Biology: An analytical Exhibition Across Generations of Architectural Methodology

Selected Grants:

  • UNC Charlotte School of Architecture Research Through Making Grant -Architectural-Biology: An Analytical Exhibition Across Generations of Architectural Methodology

Selected Activities:

  • + one: Co-Founder – [2008-present]. Non-profit organization that inspires conversation and community among cancer survivors and caregivers – building relationships in addition to fundraising for local and global cancer charities
  • gDwell: Board Member [2009-2012]. Non-profit organization “dedicated to supporting the adaptive use of alternative materials and concepts in the ecological development of affordable places” Verde, and Centro de Alegria
  • Parkwood Green: Design Team Member – [2009-2011]. Collaborative effort within marginalized neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC, a grassroots approach to creating public spaces and encouraging interaction among neighbors in this vulnerable community
  • Equitas: Donor Relations – [2009-2011]. Non-profit organization that provides resources for groups in developing nations to assist them in becoming sustainable communities


Updated 12.07.2022

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