Ian Caine, SMArchS

Assistant Professor; Reg. Arch.
Architecture - Interior Design

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Ian Caine is a registered architect and urban designer who explores the form, processes and impacts of suburban expansion. 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 is currently a Researcher at the Spatial History Project at Stanford University, where he is leading an effort to create an interactive chronology that examines the suburban expansion of San Antonio, Texas. This multidisciplinary effort, undertaken in collaboration with geographers and historians, explores the intersection of suburban morphology, systems and policy.   

Caine’s designs have won multiple national and international awards. In 2015 Caine and colleague Derek Hoeferlin received an honorable mention in the Dry Futures competition, which asked for strategic responses to California’s drought crisis. The two were also 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. At the architectural scale, Caine has designed and contributed to multiple AIA-award winning projects including the Living Wall Project, Moolah Parking Structure, and New City School Cafeteria.

His designs and writing have been featured in multiple publications including Log, Metropolis P/O/V, The Architect’s Newspaper, Arqa, Competitions, MONU (2017), Scenario (2017) and Lunch (2017) and been exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. His work has received additional coverage in popular press outlets such as The Discovery Channel, Texas Public Radio, NYTimes.com, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Caine’s teaching efforts have received the 2016-2017 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, given to three architectural faculty nationwide for excellence in early career teaching; the 2016 UTSA President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognized a single tenure-track faculty across all university disciplines; and the 2016 UTSA Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, given to a member of the College faculty. Additionally, Architecture 2030 included a studio curriculum that he developed with Dr. Rahman Azari in its 2016 Pilot Curriculum Project, acknowledging it as one of seven nationwide that “transform the culture of sustainable design education.” 

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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