David Crutchfield

Associate Professor



Phone: 701-231-7316


AAS, Architecture Technology, Southeast Comm. College, Milford NE, 1983

B.Arch., Kansas State University, 1992

M.Arch., (PostProf.) 'Sustainable Design', The University of Texas at Austin, 2004

Selected Publications and Recent Research

  • "The Sustainable Aesthetic: Nature, Culture, and Architecture,
  • "The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, & Social Sustainability, Vol.6 (2010)
  • "Avoiding Green wash by Design: Resolving Market and Socio Environmental Ethical Conflicts, "(with Matthew Lunde), ASCEReferenceGuide, (2011)
  • "Collateral Narratives: An Applied Model of Transdisciplinary Discourse,"(2010)
  • Missouri
Professional Memberships
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Texas Society of Architects
  • National Council of Association of Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
Courses Taught
  • ARCH372 Architectural Design Studio IV
  • ARCH453 Environmental Control Systems 1: PassivePrinciples
  • ARCH471 Architectural Design Studio V– HighRise
  • ARCH474 Architectural Design Studio IV
  • ARCH721 Theory Topics 'The Urban UnWest'
  • ARCH725 Theory Topics 'Architecture of the Recent Past'
  • ARCH725 Study Tour Abroad: 'Urbanism of South America '(in Brazil and Argentina)
  • ARCH726 Current Arch. Theory: 'The Green Aesthetic'
  • ARCH726 Current Arch. Theory: 'Green washin Architecture'
  • ARCH727 Theory Topics 'Vernacular Traditions'
  • ARCH772 Design Thesis
Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, 2007 present

Ask Me

Who are your role models or inspiring folks?

I have many role models, but mostly everyday heroes. Anyone who contributes to the betterment of humanity. 


Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?

I especially find inspiration in the connections of broadly trans-disciplinary topics. Ideas that draw-from and contribute-to multiple fields, such as ‘nature’ and ‘technology’.


What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?

I wish that I understood the vast diversity of opportunities that awaited me after graduation. That my formal education was just an introduction to the field.


What was your most memorable meal? 

A wonderful fresh seafood dinner on a white beach in the Caribbean.


In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?

On Walden Pond, A pen, my wife.

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