Brian Kowalchuk, FAIA, LEED AP


“Through the form, articulation and detailing of the spaces we inhabit, architecture enhances and expresses the beauty inherent in balance: between public and private; rational and intuitive; and function and delight.”

From the beginning of Brian’s career, he has embraced the idea that design begins and ends with the people who inhabit the spaces he designs. His visioning process, which brings people together from all levels of an organization, fosters consensus by breaking down barriers to generate a holistic vision for the project, often revealing surprising aspirations. Brian leads design for a global architecture practice, with a staff of more than 1,200 architects on five continents. Learn more about Brian


Is There Such Thing as “Future Proofing” Design?

High-tech tools generate data that underscore why we design what we do — data that can be used to measure and improve facilities’ performance quantitatively. But technology and data also have qualitative potential to substantially impact what we design as well. Using case studies, Brian explores how technology and data are “flipping the switch” on building typologies by impacting the intuitive nature of how buildings are used today — and more importantly, how buildings might be used in the future. 1 AIA LU | HSW

Architecture, Culture and Branding

Because each project is different in some way, each deserves architecture that is not merely a regurgitation of the familiar. This presentation explores how new technologies, new attitudes, new generations, and new social structures combined with specific functional objectives all lead to new ways of living, working, thinking and communicating. Explore the ways in which architecture can enhance the human experience in ways that are larger than an organization itself, while respecting the legacy and history of place; and by acknowledging that integrated design can both recognize and inspire a sense of shared purpose that reinforces human connections. 1 AIA LU | HSW

Through his work, his participation on design juries, and his frequent speaking engagements, some of which are highlighted below, Brian builds unabashed enthusiasm for the architecture profession.

Speaking + Publications

  • “Technology’s Transformation of Lab Design: There’s No Such Thing as “Future Proofing,” Keynote Presentation, Laboratory Design Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 25, 2018
  • “The DNA of Next Generation Lab Design,” International Lab Design Conference, co-presented with Urs Klipfel, Madrid, Spain, September 20, 2017
  • “The Kolos Data Center in Norway Mimics a Glacier’s Movement,” Design Boom, August 22, 2017
  • “Tech Hub: HDR Designs New Home for Groundbreaking Research in Computer Sciences,” Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine, November 2016
  • “International Lab Design: Think Global, Act Local,” Laborrunde, Buch, Germany, April 2015
  • “Virtual Can Co-Exist with Context,” University of Maryland Architectural Lecture, 2015
  • “Design for Art, Culture & Science: Translational Health Sciences in China,” Design & Health China International Symposium & Exhibition, Beijing, China, October 2014
  • “Globalization of Ideas: Fact or Fiction?,” New York Arts Club, New York, New York, 2012
  • “New Paradigms—Translational Health Science Facilities + Organizations, Translational Health Sciences Colloquium IV, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, January 2012
  • “Architecture, Culture and Branding,” College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, October 2011
  • “Green Technologies and Practices: The Science behind Design Solutions,” Journal of Corporate Real Estate, by Brian Kowalchuk and Rachel Park, Autumn 2010

Award Juries

  • Laboratory of the Year, R&D Magazine, 2011
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, College of Architecture & Design, Design Review, Multiple Years
  • Laboratory of the Year, R&D Magazine, 2008