Brandon Ro is an award-winning design professional with over 11 years of A/E/C industry experience. He is a results-driven leader and licensed architect who promotes enthusiasm and collaborative synergy on team projects. Whether built or unbuilt, his designs have been published, presented, and exhibited nationally and abroad. He has a proven record of projects have been recognized with numerous awards and honors (70+) from organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Walt Disney Imagineering, American Institute of Architects, Alliance to Save Energy, American Planning Association, California Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Program, and Designer’s Lighting Forum among others. Over the years his design philosophy has been influenced by observing the built environment through a phenomenological lens on multiple continents and studying under internationally recognized architects, such as Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Campo Baeza.
As a believer of Winston Churchill’s saying, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us,” Mr. Ro is a strong advocate of design and research that improves the interconnectivity between architecture, culture, spirituality, ecology, and human experience. At the Catholic University of America, for instance, he was awarded the Magi Endowment for the Liturgical Arts to advance his research on the phenomenological experience of sacred architecture through evidence-based design. Mr. Ro currently serves as the research leader at VCBO Architecture where he helps bridge the gap between theory and practice. His theoretical works and research have been published in Arquitecturas del Sur, Carbon-Neutral Architectural Design, Architectural Research Centers Consortium, Márgenes Arquitectura, Ambiances in Action, Environmental Design Research Association, and most recently in the Journal of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School.