Principal Blair Satterfield is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver, where he teaches design studios and coordinates design media courses at UBC SALA. He is also the director of HiLo Lab; a UBC SALA based collaborative research initiative that reckons with three interrelated ideas – the use of second stream materials in construction, providing designers and the community with greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy and material efficient methods for construction. Specifically, the HiLo Lab team is driven to generate sophisticated but universally accessible tool sets and strategies for efficiently and sustainably building using low-impact materials and techniques. The lab is a model for active learning, where student researchers engage design problems directly and work through challenges in an applied manner.
Satterfield is a cofounding principal with Marc Swackhamer in the research design collaborative HouMinn Practice. HouMinn is both an acronym of two geographical locations that influence their work, Houston and Minneapolis, and a homophone that describes their research-based practice, which seeks collaboration with experts outside architecture to create work that is more rigorous and resonates with a wider audience. HouMinn’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Dwell and Fast Company, and has garnered prestigious awards such as the 2014& 2008 R&D Award from Architect magazine, 2014 Core77 Design Award for Environments, and the Best in Environments award from ID Magazine. HouMinn has been published in a number of books and journals.
In addition to HouMinn, Satterfield has worked for Yung Ho Chang (now Atelier Feichang Jianzhu), Michael Bell Architecture (now Visible Weather), Oliver + Ray Architects, and Bricker + Cannady Architects, where he served as Director of Design for several years. His work with BCA and later Page won multiple AIA awards and national SARA design awards for architecture and urbanism. He was also a co-founding member of the web-based modern home-plan company Hometta.
Satterfield has taught at Rice University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Houston, where he also helped direct the development of products for the U of H Green Building Components initiative.