Sam Jensen Augustine is a designer, educator and researcher. Sam earned his Bachelor's degree in Environmental and Industrial Microbiology, during which time he worked in a microbial ecology laboratory and taught introductory microbiology laboratory sections.
While in school and just following graduation, Sam worked on humanitarian aid projects focused on microfinance and adult literacy in diverse places such as Haiti and Afghanistan. His experiences reinforced his desire to seek practical, real world solutions to problems.
In 2004 Sam returned to his native Oregon to study Architecture, attracted by the practical nature of problem solving that the Oregon program is known for. As a Master's student Sam led lab sections in Environmental Controls Systems as well as Building Enclosures. Under the direction of Alison Kwok, Sam acted as a case study facilitator across the United States and internationally, teaching case study methods to professionals and educators alike.
While at the University of Oregon Sam received a grant to study a combined water disinfection and thermal mass heating system. Sam was awarded the Architectural Research Centers Consortium's King Student Medal for Architectural Research. He graduated with both a Master of Architecture and a Certificate of Technical Teaching in Environmental Controls Systems.
Sam traveled to China in 2007 as part of the “Prototype Sustainable School Design Competition” sponsored by the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. Together with his Chinese teammates from Tongji and Tsinghua Universities, Sam's team was awarded a joint first place.
In early 2008 Sam started work at Siegel & Strain Architects as well as beginning the 2008 Mark Ginsberg Research Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. In August of 2010 Sam travelled to China again to work on a Charette for an Audio Video Production Facility near the Xixi Wetlands of Hangzhou. Sam's current research interests involve combining low-tech passive energy solutions with integrated water and waste.