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. 

Thank you.

Email: Bpekar@umich.edu
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Professional Space Planning: Canadian Research University 
Ontario, Canada
fall 2021

My role included half of a 15 year capital investment plan that was used to evaluate current state of all buildings on Campus. The factors accounted for in the digital model included: facility condition, suitability based on current use and space scoring, deffered maintainance costs, utilization, and future demand.

I constructed the digital model in Excel and in Tableau using the clients space databases and scoring systems that were tailor made for the University. The outputs from the model informed where and when new buildings will be constructed, what programs and space profiles will be included, and what the budget will be.

*All visuals and tools below have been designed and created by myself with help from a small project team

Supply Dashboard

This tailor made dashboard is interactive and adjustable based on toggle features and inputs from users and designed to last indefinitely with features that lend to its ease of updating. The tool is fed with space data, building condition data, and utilization information to score and caregorize the University’s buildings and who uses them for what. 

Mapping & Moving Charts and Diagrams

This initial campus mapping identifies buildings currently score ranking among all of the research and learning based building stock. Also identified is opportunity spaces for future development based on adjacent programming and “regional” planning.

Mapping Current Conditions by Research Focus:
Health, Materials & Structures, and Environment & Sustainability

Here each of the buildings that house Health, Materials, and Environmental disciplines are held and each buildings space breakdowns are listed to provide a convenient inventory for users and viewers of the planning procedure.


Materials & Structures:

Environment & Sustainability:

Space Moves:

Each of the Research Focus Areas have a set of corresponding possible moves in which faculties, researchers, and student from different departments can be assigned to new space, more suitable space, or renovated space in order to increase Research capabilities and to provide the right space for everyone.


Materials & Structures:

Environment & Sustainability

Initial Move Diagrams

These first step pieces of conceptual diagramming illustrates the likely candidates for moving to new or different spaces. These determinations are all made using the scoring tool at the top of the page and stand to spark conversation between University executives, Deans, Department heads, and Facility Planners

Moves Combined