Jack Rusk

Jack Rusk is a writer, designer, and researcher from Concord, California (Bay Miwok Chupcan). Their work spans architectural design, life cycle assessment, big data, ecology, and critical inquiry. Previously, they worked as a printer and builder.


Master of Architecture I

Yale School of Architecture


Master of Environmental Management

Yale School of the Environment


Plant Sciences, B.S.

University of California, Santa Cruz

summa cum laude

Professional experience


Climate Strategist

EHDD; San Francisco, CA

I work on a variety of efforts related to EHDD's Climate Positive design and advocacy commitment. Much of this work centers on the development of EPIC, an open access design tool for comparing carbon reduction strategies at the earliest phase of a project. 


Fabrication Design Lead

Plan B Architecture + Urbanism; New Haven, CT

Project management; structural design; fabrication


High Performance Building Intern II

WSP Built Ecology; New York, NY

Emission and financial modeling of the implications for building owners of NYC's LL97; LEED documentation; design


Ecological Designer

David Hertz, FAIA; Los Angeles, CA

Ecological assessment and design-build 


Sole Proprietor

Jack Rusk Design; Los Angeles and Oakland, CA

Design and fabrication of custom furniture, millwork and fixtures for residential and commercial clients.

Recent publications

I, Like Many Things. Actar (2023). With Rachael Tsai, Diana Smiljkovic, and Gustav Neilsen. 

Innovation in a time of crisis: EHDD's Early Phase Integrated Carbon Assessment. ArcCA Digest (2023). San Francisco, CA

Democratizing Decarbonization. EHDD blog (2022). San Francisco, CA.

Across Currents. Urban Omnibus (2022). New York, NY.

There is a light that never goes out: Changing patterns of occupation at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon. AA Files 78 (2022). London, UK.

Served Space. CLOG:FEEDS (2021). Brooklyn, NY.

To reduce disaster risk, a multi-hazard approach is necessary. Nepali Times (2021). Kathmandu, Nepal.

*Rusk, J., Maharjan, A., Tiwari, P., Chen, T. H. K., Shneiderman, S., Turin, M., & Seto, K. C.  Multi-hazard susceptibility and exposure assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Science of the Total Environment (2022).

There's No Place Like. Contributor, editor. Paprika! (2021) With Rachael Tsai, Diana Smiljkovic, and Gustav Neilsen. 

*Holl, K.D., Lesage, J.C., Adams, T., Rusk, J., Schreiber, R.D. and Tang, M. Vegetative spread is key to applied nucleation success in non-native dominated grasslands. Restoration Ecology (2021). 

In Spite of the New Austerity. Paprika! (2020) State of the Carpet Bulletin. 

What’s at stake in Mistaken Identity? Issue introduction, editorial content, interview with Sogorea Te Land Trust. Paprika! (2020). Issue editor with Steven Rodriguez. New Haven, CT.

Schools for Resilience: Cristóbal Colón School Case Study, Chapter 7 and sections 3.1, 9.1-3 100 Resilient Cities (2019). New York City, NY. 

When disaster looms, take a hard look at soft mitigation. Yale Environment Review (2019). New Haven, CT.

Tale of two Parises: Gilets Jaunes and new directions in climate action. Commune Magazine (2019). Brooklyn, NY.

Climate change’s direct contribution to worsening mental health. Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (2019). New Haven, CT. 

Economic and environmental synergies between CFI and CLT. Research Poster. International Mass Timber Conference (2019). Portland, OR.

* Peer-reviewed publication

Invited seminars and lectures

Using Life-Cycle Assessment and Associated Tools to Reduce Embodied and Operational Carbon Impacts. Speaker. UC Berkeley CBE and PG&E, 2023.

Climate Research in Design Practice. Moderator, speaker. AIA National Conference, 2023.

Carbon Crash Course Charrette. Speaker, facilitator. AIA National Conference, 2023.

It's EPIC to CARE. Speaker. Architizer x Material Bank Design Your Impact Series, 2023. 

Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: Untangling Ourselves From the ‘Net’ in Net Zero. Speaker. The Architect's Roadmap to Net Zero, 2023.

Making Zero Possible: Efficiency-First Decarbonization. Speaker. The Architect's Roadmap to Net Zero, 2023.

Decision support tools for planning low-carbon buildings. Speaker. ASCE Architectural Engineering Conference, 2023.

Beyond energy: embodied carbon in practice and policy. Panelist. CalBEM, 2022.

First steps on a low-carbon pathway. Presenter. AIA CA, 2022. [video]

No half measures: how a whole carbon perspective informs facade design. Panelist. Facades+, 2022.

Embodied carbon modeling workshop. Presenter. AIA VA ArchEx East, 2022.

The role of geospatial data in building decarbonization. AEC keynote. ESRI IMGIS, 2022. [video]

Data-driven decarbonization. Panelist. Tech+, 2022.

A deeper dive on embodied carbon. Panelist. Build Reuse Conference, 2022.

Carbon accounting: terminology and metrics. Panelist. AIA California, 2022.[video]

Role of Smart Buildings in Reducing Carbon Emissions. Panelist. Smart Buildings Exchange, 2022. 

Understanding the new carbon estimating tools for early phase design. Panelist. Sustainable Minds, 2022.

Building design cultures for climate action: technology, workflows, teams. Panelist. AIA National Conference, 2022. 

Places to thrive: Architecture, climate change, and the great indoors. Lecturer. The Dalton School, 2022.

Low-carbon design for the rest of us: the pedagogical role of data models and design tools. Lecturer. ENV 894, Green Building. Yale School of the Environment, 2020.

LCA-informed design practices to minimize whole lifecycle carbon. Lecturer. Advancing High Performance Design, 2020. Conference canceled due to Covid-19

The real promise (and potential peril) of mass timber at scale. Lecturer. WSP Built Ecology lunchtime lecture series, 2019. 

Exhibitions and curatorial

Zoning Holiday Design Party

  Pacific Mews, with Common Bond

  SPUR, 2023


with HMWRK

YSoA North Gallery, 2021

The World Turned Inside Out

Fabrication Design Lead, with Plan B A+U

Venice Architecture Biennale, 2021

Pop-Up Office

with HMWRK

YSoA North Gallery, 2020

Research and teaching


Research Assistant to Karen Seto

Yale University, New Haven, CT

As part of a NASA-funded study, I used machine learning and remote sensing to build a series of landscape hazard models characterizing the relative likelihood of the hazard across the region. Working with regional experts and anthropologists, the results of these models were contextualized and interpreted through the human and ecological dimensions of urbanization.


Alternate, Steedman Fellowship

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

My proposal, “A Necessary Reckoning: Architectures of Reciprocity and Reparation,” sought to connect abstract accounting for future harm to immediate acts of reparation.

2020, 2021

Green Building, Graduate Teaching Fellow

Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT

Graduate teaching fellow for Green Building with Melissa Kops and Peter Yost.


Urban Ecology MODS, Graduate Teaching Fellow

Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT

Graduate teaching fellow for Yale School of the Environment's Urban Ecology MODS with Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Gaboury Benoit, and Amity Doolittle. 


Life Cycle Assessment, Graduate Teaching Fellow

Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, CT

Graduate teaching fellow for Life Cycle Assessment with Yuan Yao.

2020, 2022

Graduate Teaching Assistant to Pier Vittorio Aureli

Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT

Teaching assistant to Pier Vittorio Aureli for his seminars Architecture and Abstraction (2020) and The Origins of Capitalist Space (2022).

Volunteer advisory and peer review

Jury Member, 2024 AIA COTE Top Ten Awards. AIA, 2023 - 2024.

Member, Energy+Carbon Technical Advisory Group. International Living Future Institute. 2022 - 

Peer reviewer, Natural Hazards. 2022 - 

Member, Advisory Peer Review Panel. US GSA. 2023.