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 #1

Cat Walks & the Hats
Attainable Housing for the Middle
W/ Zach Stewart & Claire Shue
*2021 Student Show Participant
*Published By Taubman College
*Published By SuckerPunch

The project’s ambitions included the formation of attainable housing that fosters community connections in familiar and novel ways. Addressing a dialogue and sensibility with the site’s shifting conditions and future aspirations. Using stock materials to form a much different exterior conditions than expected. And creation of unique and intimate domestic conditions that counter them.

To navigate the issues of the site conditions we identified, we have created a kit of parts that aggregate into different residential program modules which eventually arrange themselves into buildings. This strategy allows for easy repetition structurally and programmatically across the site, and also accounts for some degree of affordability in construction. 

Located: Detroit, MI


[fall 2020] Systems Studio_Profs. Ellie Abrons & Meredith Miller