Ian Caine, SMArchS

Assistant Professor; Reg. Arch.
Architecture - Interior Design

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Ian Caine is an assistant professor of architecture, registered architect, and urban designer. He holds a SMArchS degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned a B.A. in Political Science and M.Arch from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he received the AIA School Medal & Certificate of Merit upon graduation from the School of Architecture.

Caine’s research examines the forms, processes, and impacts of suburban and megaregional expansion. He utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, leveraging the diverse epistemologies of architecture, history, geography, and planning while employing a wide variety of methods including physical and digital mapping, written and spatial narratives, and quantitative analysis via geographic information systems. The results of this work appear in numerous publications including Log, MONU, Scenario, Sustainability, Metropolis P/O/V, The Architect’s Newspaper, Arqa, Competitions, and Lunch (2017), as well as popular press outlets such as The Discovery Channel, Texas Public Radio, NYTimes.com, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Caine is also a Researcher at the Spatial History Project at Stanford University, where he is leading a multidisciplinary effort to create an interactive chronology of suburban expansion for San Antonio, Texas. This effort, undertaken in collaboration with geographers and historians, explores the intersection of suburban morphology, systems, and policy. 

Caine’s architectural and urban designs have received multiple awards and been exhibited nationally and internationally. At the building scale, Caine has designed and contributed to multiple AIA-award winning projects including the Living Wall project, Moolah Parking Garage, and New City School Cafeteria. At the urban scale, Caine and colleague Derek Hoeferlin received an honorable mention in the Dry Futures competition, which asked for strategic responses to California’s drought crisis; were named finalists in the Build-a-Better-Burb competition in Long Island, New York; and designed one of six winning entries in the Rising Tides competition in San Francisco. Caine’s design and drawings have been exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Caine’s teaching has also received extensive recognition including the 2016-2017 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, given to three architectural faculty nationwide for excellence in early career teaching; inclusion in Architecture 2030’s Pilot Curriculum Project, which recognized a curriculum developed with Dr. Rahman Azari as one of seven nationwide that “transform the culture of sustainable design education;” the 2017 University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, a UT system-wide award for excellence in undergraduate teaching; the 2016 UTSA President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognized a single tenure-track faculty across all university disciplines; the 2017 Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research, the 2017 DOCUmation Academic Excellence Award; and the 2016 and 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning.

Ian Caine is an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2012-present). He was previously a design instructor in the College of Architecture at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Ian Caine, SMArchS

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