dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel

Marilyn J. Bruin, Ph.D.


Specialties & Expertise

  • Affordable Housing

  • Biographical Narratives

  • Community Development

  • Senior Housing

  • Urban Neighborhoods


Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching)

  • DES 8301/DHA 8301 Methodological Orientations: Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods

  • DES 8181 Research Ethics

  • DES 8115 Grantwriting

  • HSG 5481/DHA 5481 Promoting Independence through Housing and Community 

  • HSG/DHA 4461 Housing Development and Management

  • DES 1905 Freshman Seminar – Homelessness


Selected Scholarship

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Skobba, K., Bruin, M., & Carswell, A. (2013). Understanding housing careers. Housing and Society 40(2): 170-192.

  • Skobba, K., Bruin, M., & Yust, B. (2013). Beyond renting and owning: The housing accommodations of low-income families.  Journal of Poverty 17:234-252.

  • Cho, J., Cook, C.C., & Bruin, M.J. (2012). Functional ability, neighborhood resources and housing satisfaction among older adults in the U.S. Journal of Housing for the Elderly 395-412. DOI:10.1080/02763893.2012.724376

  • Cook, C. C., Bruin, M.J., Yust, B. L., Crull, S.R., Shelley, M.C., Laux, S., Memken, J., Niemeyer, S., & White, B.J. (2009). Evidence of a housing chain decision chain in community vitality. Rural Sociology, Vol. 74 Issue 1, p. 113-137.

  • Bruin, M.J., Cook, C.C., Shelley, M., & Crull, S. (2006/2007). Social capital, housing planning, and rural community vitality. The International Scope Review, 8 retrieved July 26, 2012, from http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org/PUBLICATIONS/TISR_journal1/volume%202006-2007/issue%2013/bruin,%20cook%20&%20al.htm


Papers in Proceedings

  • Smoot, A., & Bruin., M. (2015). Senior housing: Critical perspectives of residents, developer, and architect. Housing – A critical perspective architecture. Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool, England.

  • Bruin, M., Riha, J., Chu, S., Smoot A., & Mejia, G.M. (2012). Smart housing: An intelligent environment for aging independently. (pp. 31-39). First International Smart Design Conference, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England.


Refereed Presentations

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Housing Education and Research Association (formerly American Association of Housing Educators) 1994 – current
    • Chair, Research section, 2013-2015

    • Past president, chair nominations committee 2009

    • Associate Editor, Housing and Society journal, 2009 - current
  • University of Minnesota
    • Graduate Educations Council 2013-2017

    • Public Engagement Network 2013-current

    • Public Engagement Network University of Minnesota for Economic Development 2014 – current

    • University of Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter, co-advisor, 2009 - current

  • Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
    • Curriculum chair, 2015

    • Director of Graduate Studies, 2012-2015

    • Program Director, Housing Studies Program, fall 2007 – spring, 2010; fall 2015-

    • Graduate Program Committee, 2001-2006; 2011; 2015

    • Home Ownership Center, St Paul, Minnesota.

      Board Member, 2001 – current

      Chair, Nominations Committee, 2005 -current

      Program Committee member, 2000 - crrent


Honors and Award

  • Outstanding Contributions to Equity and Diversity - 2015

  • Outstanding Outreach Award, College of Design - 2008

  • Dean and Director’s Award for Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion from the University of Minnesota Extension to the Minnesota Latino Financial Literacy Project – 2007

  • Buckman Fellow, College of Design – 2006-2007

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The ASABLE Blue Ribbon Award for an outstanding entry in the 2006 Educational Aids Competition, Publications: Manuals or Workbooks category for The House Handbook - 2006





Housing Studies Program



Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

360 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108-6136

(612) 624-3780



Recent Work:


Design on the Road: Multi-Family Net-Zero Fieldtrip


Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future

Contact Information

College of Design

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