Brian Crawford

Brian Crawford

Boulder, CO, US



Ever since I finished my service with the Peace Corps and entered the field of architecture, I have been interested in applying my architecture skills to serve people in need of quality affordable housing and vibrant community designs. 


I have a Bachelor of Architecture three years experience working in the field of Architecture with emphasis on innovative sustainable building systems and passive solar design. 


Currently, I volunteer for a startup community outreach organization, Front Range Eco-Town grassroots campaign. Its mission is to foster a movement towards establishing ecologically minded and socially vibrant towns based off the co-housing and eco-village template in Colorado.




Brian Bowen Architects, Designer/Architectural Intern

• Worked collaboratively on design solutions that marry aesthetics to sustainable building practices.

• Worked on a range of residential projects from schematic design through construction documents.

• Built innovative window shutter systems for a prototype passive greenhouse.

Dec 2008 - Jan 2011

Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Designer/Architectural Intern,

• As an Americorps volunteer, worked collaboratively with other organizations to restore housing needs in the impoverished community of East Biloxi, MS, after the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

• Designed a home and produced a complete set of drawings for permit for a woman with a physical disability.

• Designed a home for a family of six in Gulfport, MS.

• Produced drawings for a rehab of a single family home in East Biloxi, MS.

• Worked on the preliminary designs of an affordable housing project in Pass Christian, MS.

• Worked on the development of a community plan for the Oak Street neighborhood in East Biloxi, MS.

Feb 2008 - May 2008

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Designer/Architectural Intern

• Worked on the design and construction of a prototype module building system, GroHomes, for application in disaster relief and low income areas.

• Worked on the design and layout of a community-wide based application of GroHomes in the Lower Ninth Ward,

• New Orleans, incorporating principles of Solar Envelopes.

• Participated in the planning of resource site balancing protocol to be established in the development of Varano, a large scale urban development project being planned near College Station, TX.

• Designed and built a structure (Bat Tower) for housing bats and collecting guano for fertilizer, to be a part of the Texas A&M entry for the Solar Decathlon 2007.

Jun 2007 - Sep 2007

Dignity Care, Caregiver

• Assisted elderly clients maintain independence by helping them perform all activities of daily living.

Jun 2005 - Jun 2007

Peace Corps, Mali, Natural Resource Management Volunteer

• Established partnerships and programmatic work methodologies, and developed and administered needs assessments for six villages.

• Organized and taught a seminar on fruit tree grafting and orchard management.

• Created a training seminar for 10 men to learn well construction techniques to build a 1-hectare women’s community garden and 20m deep Dutch-brick well.

• Taught English in the local school and helped produce a radio show educating listeners on various topics.

• Evaluated program effectiveness on local, regional, and national levels, and established a joint commitment to promote Natural Resource Management techniques through environmental education in schools.

• Learned and participated in regional ethnic housing construction practices.

Jan 2001 - Apr 2003


Jul 2011 - current

Building Performance Institute (BPI), Building Analyst Professional

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

Peace Corps, Mali, West Africa, Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management and Bambara Language Training.

Jan 2001 - Apr 2001

University of Washington, BArch, BA in Architecture, minor in Environmental Studies

Studies included:
Straw-bale Design-Build StudioWorked as a class studying and developing straw-bale construction methods to best address the housing needs of the Crow Nation in Billings, Montana.

Designed and built a straw-bale home for a single mother on the Crow reservation.

Sep 1996 - Aug 1999

Bellevue College, Associate degree in Arts and Sciences

Sep 1993 - Dec 1996

Areas of Specialization