Steve Badanes

Speech Topics:
Architect as Artisan and World Citizen
Architecture and Sustainability
Jersey Devil: Craft and Making in Architecture
Environmental Acupuncture
Alternative Lumber Yard: Identifying Local and Environmentally Responsible Building Materials

Architect Steve Badanes is nationally recognized for designing and building innovative projects—from homes to playgrounds to public sculptures. He is an expert on energy-efficient building techniques and speaks on the social responsibilities of architects and the role of architecture in building communities.

Badanes attended Wesleyan University for undergraduate studies and Princeton University, where he received his Master of Architecture degree. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, as well as a Fellowship from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He has conducted design/build workshops at the University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of Miami, Ball State University, the University of California at San Diego, Florida A&M University, Miami University in Ohio North Dakota State University, University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin.

As a practicing architect, his commissions have included private homes, schools, public structures, and the winning entry, “The Fremont Troll,” in the Hall of Giants 1990 Competition in Seattle, Washington. Badanes is a founder of Jersey Devil, an architectural firm comprised of skilled craftsmen, architects, inventors, and artists “committed to the interdependence of building and design.” Jersey Devil architects/builders live on-site during construction of their designs, which are known for energy-efficiency and innovative use of materials. Badanes has lectured on Jersey Devil's work at over 100 universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Their work has been the subject of two books: The Jersey Devil Design/Build Book (1985) and Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture (1997). His published writing includes: The Home House Project: The Future of Affordable Housing (The MIT Press, March 2005).

At the University of Washington, Badanes holds the Howard Wright Endowed Chair and leads design/build studios that have focused on community service projects for non-profit organizations in the Seattle area. He co-founded the Design/Build Mexico program, which won an AIA Education Honor Award in 1997. The Neighborhood Design Build studio won one in 2005 and an NCARB Prize in 2004. Badanes was awarded an ACSA Distinguished Professor Award in 2002 and the Passive Solar Pioneer Award from the American Solar Energy Society in 2005. In summer he teaches at the Yestermorrow Design build school in Vermont.

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