David Brown

Associate Director, Associate Professor


MArch, University of California, Berkeley
BA (Honors), Brown University

David Brown is author of Noise Orders: Jazz, Improvisation, and Architecture (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), which researches design implications of structures that facilitate improvisation in jazz. Developing from this work, his current design research, writing, and teaching explores process-oriented approaches to urban design based on parameters derived from the interest and concerns of organizations that impact metropolitan development. Brown is also co-editor of Row: Trajectories Through the Shotgun House (Architecture at Rice, 2004), and Built Surface catalog. Essays and work may also be found in 16 Houses: Designing the Public's Private House and Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race. He recently served as the guest curator for Learning from North Lawndale: Past, Present and Future at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Prior to teaching at UIC, Brown taught at Rice University and Florida A&M University.