Adam Ainslie, Associate AIA Headshot


  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • Expertise

  • Natural Building Materials
  • Design Tools and Methods
  • Writing and Editing
  • Adam Ainslie is an Associate of BLDUS, an architecture and development office based in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. BLDUS creates buildings that pay tribute to their context and gain integrity as they age. BLDUS seeks opportunities in economies of scale, scope, density, means, and materials, often integrating traditional construction methods with new technologies and organic materials suited to their region.

    Adam teaches studios in design, drawing, and building; and a seminar in writing, culminating in a student-run publication.  Previous work includes design, exhibition, and writing code with MOS Architects, research with LTL Architects for the Manual of Biogenic House Sections, and construction management with Ditto Residential in DC.

    At Princeton, he won the Undergraduate Thesis Award and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. He stayed for an MArch at the School of Architecture, culminating in a thesis that proposed repurposing strip mines throughout Appalachia to create cork, bamboo, and wool production facilities to supply natural building materials to the East Coast. This work continues to inform buildings with BLDUS, research with students, and a passion for creating carbon-sequestering, low-VOC, healthy spaces.