Ian M. Ellis, Associate AIA
Design Associate & Project Manager / Research + Development
Bachelor of Architecture, UT Austin
Ian was born in Sāo Paulo, Brazil and later moved to Austin, Texas to pursue his education in architecture. He is equally fascinated by the psychological implications of architecture as well as the importance of environment, systems, experience, and psychologically involved design.
Ian's research and work have been internationally published, exhibited and awarded, including articles in ArchDaily, Business Insider, Gizmodo, exhibitions at The Garden Museum in London, Council for Educational Facility Planners International Conference, AIA Emerging Professionals National Conference in Washington, DC, and awards for his research regarding a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder on North Brother Island in New York City (with Frances Peterson, ASLA) and the redevelopment of London's Victoria Station in England (with Nelly Fuentes, MLA, MSUD).
Since 2014, Ian has presented his research to, and consulted with, various architects, engineers, public agencies, and school bodies in Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Cyprus. The intent is to develop evidence-based design standards to improve architectural and designed landscape environments in order for more beneficial spaces to exist in addressing Autism Spectrum Disorder. He volunteers and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Magic Always Happens, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization focused on research, testing, and implementation of innovative design regarding mental health at an international scale.
While at The University of Texas, Ian was honored in the 2013 AIA National Emerging Professional exhibition, was a Teaching Assistant/Supplemental Instructor, contributed 14 projects to National Architectural and Landscape Architectural Accreditation Boards, and presented research and work at the VOICE Forum and at the Environmental Science Institute's Hot Science:Cool Talks. He presently serves as a guest critic at UT's School of Architecture.