Bridgette Meinhold

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Bridgette Meinhold is an American artist and author of “Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World.”[1]

Meinhold is also the Architecture Editor for, and a contributing writer for and She has written extensively about sustainable design innovation, eco architecture, green building.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bridgette Meinhold is originally from Oklahoma.[3] In 2003, Meinhold earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA. In 2007, she earned a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a focus on sustainability at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.[4][5][6]

Following college, Meinhold lived and worked in Germany and spent time in New York City.[7]



In 2013, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., published Meinhold’s book, “Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World.”[1] The book features 40 emergency and long-term housing projects and was written in response to natural disasters, climate change, population growth, urbanization and poverty.[1][8] It is organized in five categories — rapid shelters, transitional shelters, affordable housing, prefab housing, and adaptable housing — and includes examples from Bangladesh and Haiti to Malibu, CA and Milan, Italy.[9]

All of the projects focus on green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordability, material reuse, and humanitarian relief. Project construction methods and materials include repurposed shipping containers, straw bale construction, sandbag homes, and floating homes.[10]

Freelance writer[edit]

Since, 2008, Meinhold has served as Architecture Editor for, “devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.”[11]

Meinhold is also a contributing writer for, which focuses on “sustainable design for the next generation.”[4] Since 2009, Meinhold has been a contributing writer, for which she writes about sustainable fashion design.[12]


Meinhold uses encaustic, milk paint, pencil, oil and watercolor to depict clouds, mountains, trees, the atmosphere, and inclement weather.[13] Meinhold’s paintings are exhibited at Gallery MAR in Park City, UT,[14] Diane West in Durango, CO, the Vickers Collection in Aspen, CO, and Vail Village Arts in Vail, CO.[15]

Of her atmospheric paintings, Meinhold commented:

[My work] tends to be on that moody, sort of melancholy side, because the atmospheres that tend to create the most interest for me are not the blue days. Everybody can take a picture of a blue day, but fog to me is very interesting.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Meinhold resides in an A-frame cabin in Park City, Utah with her husband, a firefighter/paramedic[7] who built an art studio for Meinhold out of an old 40-foot shipping container.[16]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Meinhold, Bridgette. Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Yoneda, Yuka. "BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Who Am I? Bridgette Meinhold". PMc Magazine. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "About". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Dale. "Weathering the Storm: Author and Artist Bridgette Meinhold". Artists of Utah’s 15 Bytes. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bridgette Meinhold". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Bridgette Meinhold". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Vidal, John. "Humanitarian intent: Urgent Architecture from ecohomes to shelters – in pictures". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Pearson, Clifford. "Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World". Architectural Record. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "URGENT ARCHITECTURE: Inhabitat Interviews Author Bridgette Meinhold About Her New Book". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "About". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "About". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bridgette Meinhold biography". Gallery MAR. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bridgette Meinhold". Gallery MAR. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bridgette Meinhold". Diane West. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Green, Kelly. "Studio Space: Park City - Bridgette Meinhold". Artists of Utah’s 15 Bytes. Retrieved 26 May 2014.