Brian Pekar
San Francisco, CA

Brian is an architectural designer, strategist, and planner with a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Michigan where he has focused his work on topics of equity, access, innovation, & affordability. He has had work exhibited at the 2020 and 2021 Taubman College Student Shows and has work published in SuckerPunch. In 2019 he earned an undergraduate degree from Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and is originally from Cleveland, Oh.

He has started his professional career as a strategic planner in Higher Education and has previous experience from internships spanning the past 5 years, most recently working at a K-12 and Higher education focused architecture firm out of Cleveland. 

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Email: Bpekar@umich.edu
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Project #3

Inside Looking In
Theater + Housing
*2020 Student Show Nominee

The project functions as a study of social housing conditions and their pairing with a semi rigid programmatic element of a community centric theater.

Sharing typological frameworks and influences, these elements interact through viewports creating a courtyard condition familiar in apartment living but shifted to share space with the theater’s fly tower. This relationship allows residents and occupants to view the ongoings of the theater stage, creating a new form and
platform of performance.

Treating each unit’s viewport as a proscenium frames different props and pieces of equipment as actors playing a role. This experience changes from floor to floor in the three story courtyard.

Located: Chicago, IL (Pilsen)


[fall 2019] Institutions Studio_Prof Peter Halquist