Seth McDowell



Columbia University, Master in Architecture
Clemson University, Bachelor of Science in Design


Seth McDowell is an experimental architect whose work bridges reality and fiction / design and writing—while focusing on materials and construction as the catalyst for architecture and design. He is a co-founding partner of the award-winning practice mcdowellespinosa architects located in Virginia and New York. His design work has been recognized nationally and internationally by the Architectural League of New York, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Pamphlet Architecture, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, The Architects’ Newspaper, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Prior to moving to Virginia Seth trained with several respected architectural practices in New York City and Charleston, SC.

McDowell has over ten years of experience teaching design studios and courses at three US institutions: University of Virginia (UVA), Columbia University, and Louisiana State University. He has taught at UVA since 2012. His teaching is focused on materiality, construction systems and digital visualization/simulation.

McDowell is the editor of the book Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination, an ACTAR / UVA publication released in 2017. 

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