Adam Ainslie

Adam Ainslie



With BLDUS, Adam builds healthy housing. Based in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., BLDUS creates buildings that pay tribute to their context and gain integrity as they age. BLDUS seeks opportunities in economies of scale, scope, density, means, and materials, often integrating traditional construction methods with new technologies and organic materials suited to their region.

Adam also teaches studios and seminars at the School of Architecture and Planning at the Catholic University of America and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech.  Previous work includes design, exhibition, and writing code with MOS Architects, research with LTL Architects for the Manual of Biogenic House Sections, and construction management with Ditto Residential in D.C. 

At Princeton, he won the Undergraduate Thesis Award and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. He stayed for a master's, where his thesis working with Monica Ponce de Leon, proposed repurposing strip mines throughout Appalachia to create cork, bamboo, and wool production facilities to supply natural building materials to the east coast. This work continues to inform buildings with BLDUS, research with students, and a passion for creating carbon-sequestering, low-VOC, healthy spaces.

Master of Architecture
Princeton University
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Princeton University