Professor Brook Muller examines synergies between ecological processes and urban development. He teaches design studios as well as courses in architectural theory, urban ecological design and sustainability. He serves as director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Ecological Design within the College of Design. Brook is the author of Ecology and the Architectural Imagination (Routledge 2014). His recent scholarship focuses on the architectural and urban design implications of ecologically responsive, decentralized water and wastewater systems.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oregon in 2004, Muller was the director of a program in sustainable environments and an assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, where he was honored with the Wesley Ward Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002.
Muller worked at Behnisch & Partner Architects in Stuttgart, Germany (1993-1996). He served on several competition teams and was co-project leader for the design of the National Institute for Forestry and Nature Research (IBN) in Wageningen, The Netherlands, a $30 million, 120,000 s.f. European Union pilot project for environmentally friendly building. The IBN was awarded the 2002 Trophee Sommet de la Terra et Batiment and has been featured in Architectural Record, New York Times, Landscape Architecture, and the Architectural Review. In collaboration with landscape architect and ecologist Josh Cerra, Muller developed the guidelines and project descriptions for the 2008 Portland Metro design competition "Integrating Habitats." Juror Susan Szenasy, editor of Metropolis, described Integrating Habitats as "a breakthrough in the annals of design competitions" in her monthly editorial. Brook was awarded the Oregon Campus Compact Judith Ramaley Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability in 2009.