Don Kranbuehl has more than 16 years of experience in the design, management, and construction spanning the academic, science + technology, and civic sectors. He has led the architectural design for a variety of projects that have been honored with state, regional, and national AIA design awards. Most recently, he led the design for the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Research Building which received a Chicago Athenaeum International Design Award.
Don is passionate about the relationship between architecture and its site and creating design solutions with the client that respond to the climate, natural and built context, and public spaces. He has been a professor of practice at the NC State University College of Design since 2007. Teaching architecture graduate studios, Don focuses on the relationship of the environment and site context to building form and tectonics. He is a frequent speaker about architectural design, sustainability, and resilient design at state and regional conferences. Don has served as an architectural design critic at a number of universities including NC State University, Virginia Tech, and Illinois Institute of Technology.
With diverse design interests, he is licensed as both an architect and as a structural engineer. He started his career at Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago where he worked on commercial and cultural projects in London, UK and Beijing, China. Don received a Master of Architecture and a Master in Structural Engineering from Virginia Tech after completing his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Duke University.