Mo Zell, RA, Associate Professor, Associate Dean

Mo Zell is an Associate Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean, and co-founding principal of bauenstudio, a design and research firm located in Milwaukee, WI. The firm’s philosophy is based on the commitment to an ‘architecture of response’ where architecture responds to all conditions of the existing environment, be they physical, cultural, spiritual or intellectual, while emphasizing space making using contemporary materials.

Zell combines research, teaching, and design practice with the goal of integrating building with its existing context, site, and situation to achieve place. Her research critically demonstrates place as something that represents and responds to both local and regional conditions within a broader cultural context, and therefore, challenges traditional notions of site. Zell’s design and research commitment to site appears in three approaches: site design, multiplicity of scales/contexts, and spatial experience. Design projects include contemporary public realm interventions, the development of the vernacular and suburban landscapes, and the design and production of furniture.
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The design work of bauenstudio has been recognized with several design awards including a Boston Society of Architecture (BSA) Honor Award, a Boston Society of Landscape Architecture (BSLA) Merit Award and an ACSA Faculty Design Award. Bauenstudio was also featured in the April 2008 issue of Architecture Record as an emerging practice to watch.

Zell is the author of The Architectural Drawing Course published in 2008 by Barron’s in the US and by Thames and Hudson in the UK. This book exemplifies her beginning design teaching pedagogy. She has been awarded numerous university grants that have been instrumental in completing her book and design research on residual space the city and suburbs.

Yale University, School of Architecture, M. Arch, 1998
University of Virginia, School of Architecture, BS in Architecture, Minor in Mathematics, 1994

Research Focus
Architectural Design
Architectural Place
Beginning Design Pedagogy

Arch 310 Fundamentals of Arch Design I
Arch 390/790 Constructed Site
Arch 636/836 Residual Space
Arch 685/885 Car Museum
Arch 800 Graduate Introduction Studio

Selected Work
ACSA Faculty Design Honorable Mention Award 2010, Zell, M. and M. Roehrle, collaborator. ‘The Construct of Remembrance’, 98th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Award.
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Zell, M. and M. Roehrle, ‘Big Box Redux’, Proceedings of the 98th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, 2010.

Zell, M. and M. Roehrle, ‘Park (ing) Lot’, Proceedings of the 98th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, 2010.

Zell, M and M. Roehrle, ‘New Suburban Prototype’, Poster Proceedings of the 97th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting: Portland, OR, 2009.

Boston Society of Architects Citation for Design 2008, Zell, M. and Roehrle, M., collaborators. BSA (Boston Society of Architects) Design Award honoring the Northeastern University Veterans Memorial, Fall 2008.

Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) Merit Award 2008, Zell, M. and Roehrle, M., collaborators. Award given for the Northeastern University Veterans Memorial.

Zell, M., Principal Investigator. ‘New (Sub) Urbanism: Re-Think, Re-Zone, Re-Use’. UWM Graduate School Research Committee Awards (GSRC).


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