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Cary Dasenbrock
Cary Dasenbrock
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Shattuck Hall 235
cary@pdx.edu

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Concentration in Spiritual Traditions and Ethics, Marylhurst University, 2001
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona, 1985
Certification in Classical Chinese Feng Shui, Golden Gate School of Feng Shui, 2010
Master Gardener Certification, University of California – Davis, 2009

Cary Dasenbrock is a licensed architect, consultant, and teacher on architecture, landscape design, design graphics and healing environments.  A graduate of the University of Arizona College of Architecture + Planning and Landscape Architecture, he also holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – with a Concentration in Spiritual Traditions and Ethics from Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon, and a certification in Classical Chinese Feng Shui from the Golden Gate School of Feng Shui in San Anselmo, California.  In 2009, he also completed a Master Gardener certification through University of California – Davis, to further complement an integrated approach to architectural practice and environmental design.

Prior to relocating to Portland from the Bay Area in 2010, and establishing DwellingNW – Architecture and Design, Cary worked in group practice with firms in Phoenix, Honolulu, and the Pacific Northwest, cultivating strong regional sensitivities rooted in passive solar and sustainable design strategies introduced early in undergraduate studies in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.  Group practice has involved collaborations in project design and as design lead on a diverse range of project types including libraries, hospitality, housing, higher education, K-12, healthcare, and urban design.  His approach is collaborative and holistic - emphasizing client, architect, and consultant team as partners in design, and seeking to engage the full range of human experience in place making. 

Significant projects include West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon - Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon - the Westin Hotel Portland - and Maricopa County District Library Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.  In 2001, Cary received the Annual Firm Design Achievement Award with Mahlum Architects in Portland, Oregon, and in 1997, the AIA Architecture and Energy Award with Sienna Architecture Company for Norm Thompson Outfitters Corporate Headquarters near Beaverton, Oregon.

Cary’s post-graduate studies have engaged a deeper inquiry into spiritual traditions and ethics and their potential to engage and inform the environmental design arts in our contemporary, pluralistic society.  Explorations in narrative, identity, metaphor, ritual, and culture - via diverse theologies, philosophy, and mythos, offers significant potential import to nurture the human spirit, both historically and in contemporary architecture.  In addition to faith communities, this focus has been of special interest particularly to clients in education, healthcare, and residential design.  In 2001, he published his graduate thesis:  “Learning with Heart: Embracing the Human Spirit in the Design of Secondary Educational Facilities.”

In addition to architectural practice, Cary has taught courses on architectural pencil rendering techniques, visual communication graphics, and Eastern and Western spirituality, and also lectured at conferences and presented seminars on healing environments, sacred space, art, liturgy, symbolism, and world religions.

When not working, he enjoys dabbling in watercolors, horticulture, swimming, yoga, and photography.