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Professor Brower worked as an architect in Cape Town, South Africa, and subsequently as a planner for the City of Baltimore from 1964 until 1979 when he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland. He is the author of three books: Design in Familiar Places: What Makes Home Environments Look Good (Praeger 1988); Good Neighborhoods: A Study of Intown and Suburban Residential Environments (Praeger 1996, 2000); and Designing For Communities (Center for American Places, at Columbia College Chicago, forthcoming).
Brower is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the subject of urban design and environment-behavior studies. He has participated in national and international conferences. His most recent paper, “The feasibility of mixed-income communities,” was presented at the International Symposium of IAPS-CSBE & HOUSING networks, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2009. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research and Environment and Behavior.
In 1993 Brower received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Planning Education from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association. In 1989 and again in 1995 he was visiting scholar to Peking University, in Beijing, China. In 1997 he spent six months as visiting faculty member at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and in 2000 he was guest lecturer at the State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in St. Petersburg, Russia. His research focuses on ways in which people's attitudes and behaviors affect and are affected by their physical surroundings, and on ways that research information can be made useful to planners and designers.