Tyler Austin

Tyler Austin

Lincoln, NE, US



Studying social, ecologic and economic dimensions, a design language is revealed ignored by most designers and policy makers today. After graduating with a Master's Degree in Architecture at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, I have learned to understand the negative externalities of economic development caused by growing populations, and the insufficient equilibrium and not-so-valued environmental consequence. 


My approach is pursuing a career in research and design. I am a curious individual who is always asking questions and revealing unforeseen and unimaginable answers through research and datasets. I'm persistent in finding new ways in supplementing the lack of environmental and social dimensions (large scale or small) with creative systemic approaches. My role is aligned with facilitating research and developing new methodologies with respect to landscape urbanism and architecture in all dimensions. 


In May 2010, I was exposed to an Amazonian rainforest community named Añangu located off the Napo River in Ecuador's most biologically diverse Runa. This community is defined by its social and ecological relationship to its environment. Runa, meaning, “Fully living human being,” in the native Quichua language, is living with connection to the river, the land, and the community. This eco-physical and social condition has no obvious economic value, nonetheless is 100% sustainable. This experience diversified my interest in the physical and social landscape and has driven my exposure towards design as a tool for change.


"I am particularly interested in close relationships amongst other disciplines that revolve around the fundamental design principals of social-economical and eco-physical dimensions. I believe these dimensions and their interrelations, such as synergies and trade-offs are key sustainable solutions to any design problem."



Turenscape, Beijing, CN, Architectural Designer

lead designer, conceptual design, schematic design, plans, sections, program, circulation, research, rhino 3d, diagrams, illustrator, in-design, presentation deliverables

Nov 2012 - Feb 2014

Plasma Studio, Beijing, CN, Architectural Intern

assistant project lead, conceptual design, schematic design, programing and circulation, 2d masterplan, sections, rhino 3d, diagrams, presentation deliverables, physical models, arup collaboration

Aug 2012 - Nov 2012


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2010 - May 2012

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2007 - May 2010


2011 ASLA Award Recipient-Community Service, Award

This project dealt with the challenge of preserving the fragile culture and environment of an indigenous Ecuadorian community while simultaneously developing sustainable growth. Community participation and the collaborative process were the most vital components to the success of the master plan and schematic designs developed. Students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning worked together to protect the local culture, environment, and economy by designing sustainable development as a model for the region.


2010 China Abroad - Scott Killinger Fellowship, Award

Fall 2010 China Abroad at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China


Areas of Specialization