Deane Madsen

Deane Madsen

Washington, DC, US



Deane is an architectural writer, editor, and photographer based in Washington, D.C. He has written for Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, and the AIA's Topic Architecture website. Deane recently started BrutalistDC, an online appreciation of Brutalist architecture in the nation's capital. BrutalistDC launched a map in collaboration with London-based publisher Blue Crow Media in October 2016. 

At Architect Magazine, Deane was the associate editor of design, and wrote engaging news stories about domestic and international design projects. He edited the magazine's monthly Next Progressives column, which profiles up-and-coming firms. Deane also managed several of Architect Magazine's awards programs, including the long-running P/A Awards and Residential Architect Design Awards. 

Deane volunteers with AIA|DC's Emerging Architects Committee and is its former communications advisor.



BrutalistDC, Washington, DC, US, Founder

We celebrate Brutalism in and around Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capital has a wealth of Brutalist architecture, much of it concentrated in the government center at L’Enfant Plaza, but with plenty of other fine examples of Brutalism spread throughout the District of Columbia, and beyond.

Our goal is to foster awareness and appreciation of Washington, D.C.’s Brutalist architecture through photographic documentation and historical research of each building we feature.

Jan 2016 - current

Hanley Wood, LLC, Washington, DC, US, Associate Editor, Design

• Writing design, news, culture, technology, and products articles
• Scouting projects for print and online publication
• Managing awards programs for various titles within Hanley Wood's Residential Construction portfolio (ARCHITECT, Residential Architect, Architectural Lighting)

Apr 2012 - Nov 2016

a l m project, studio intern & model-builder

• Project Manager for Salades de Provence Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA; coordinated subcontractors and specified fixtures
• model building for residential and commercial projects, from ¼ scale to life-sized models, in foamcore, chipboard, homasote, and plywood.
• material research – studies of construction and finish materials, obtaining samples of materials from manufacturers

Nov 2007 - Jun 2011

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Teaching Assistant (Structures 1)

• graded assignments and provided feedback to accelerate student learning
• held private tutorials for struggling students in addition to office hours

Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Hammer Museum, Graduate Fellow

• logo design lead for HSA, consulting with Hammer Museum design staff
• designed HSA sandwich board for BruinWalk (managing graphics, printing, & application with outside vendors)
• assisted Hammer staff with calendar of events details

Sep 2009 - Jan 2010

CMg Design, Materials Librarian & Model-Builder

• organization of materials library
• design of custom furniture, including models
• requests for product literature, samples, specifications, and pricing
• material research – studies of various building and decorating materials, obtaining samples of materials from various vendors & manufacturers
• marketing of past projects to potential clients; bookmaking

Feb 2008 - Aug 2008


Sep 2008 - Jun 2011


Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership, Award

The Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal is awarded annually at accredited schools of architecture in the United States and Canada to honor graduating students who have demonstrated leadership, service, and the promise of professional merit. The recipients of the medal are decided by the faculty of each school.


UCLA Teaching Assistant, Scholarship

In recognition for outstanding coursework, the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA awards Teaching Assistant positions that allow students to share their knowledge in the form of a teaching fellowship. These TA positions include a scholarship.


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