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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Bruce Wrightsman, AIA, NCARB

FacStaff NameAssistant Professor

2102 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5953


Curriculum Vitae


Bruce Wrightsman has over 15 years of experience as a registered architect in multiple states throughout the Midwest, where his projects have won various design awards. He has extensive design/build experience and was a co-recipient of a 2009/2010 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award for his work on the Trailer Wrap design/build project in Boulder, Colorado. Bruce served as project director on the Hyalite Pavilion project in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest. Hyalite Pavilion, completed in 2010, has won multiple design awards and will be a case study in a book entitled Architecture Live Projects – Pedagogy into Practice. The book will be edited by Harriett Harris and Lynette Widder and published by Taylor and Francis during spring/summer 2014.

Professor Wrightsman teaches the Structures curriculum in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. His pedagogy for structures has been recognized at national and international conferences. Professor Wrightsman’s research critically investigates traditional and emerging building practices, with an emphasis on lightweight building practices and environmental footprint reduction during the construction process. He has been researching the work of architect Neil Astle (1933-2000). Astle opened his first practice, Astle/Ericson, in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1965, where he initially began exploring wood as a building material, testing its structural limits and potential use as a medium for craft. During his career of over thirty years, Astle incorporated multiple iterations of wood assemblies into his practice. Professor Wrightsman is currently collaborating with Iowa State University Professor Daniel Naegele on a book, which follows the development of Astle’s architecture and details his contributions to Midwest Modernism. The book will feature a history of Astle and his work, but more importantly, a history of technique as an architectonic device.