Satterfield is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver Canada, where he teaches design studios and coordinates design media courses. He is also the director of the HiLo Lab; a UBC SALA based collaborative research initiative that reckons with three interrelated ideas – the use of second stream materials in construction, providing designers and the broader community with greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy and material efficient methods for construction. Satterfield will become Chair of the School of Architecture at UBC in January 2019. Prior to joining the faculty at UBC SALA, Satterfield taught at Rice University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Houston, where he helped direct the development of products for the University of Houston Green Building Components initiative.
Satterfield is a co-founding principal with Marc Swackhamer of the research design collaborative HouMinn Practice. HouMinn’s work has been featured in many publications, including Dwell and Fast Company, and has garnered prestigious awards such as the ACSA National Design Award, 2014 & 2008 R&D Award from Architect magazine, 2014 Core77 Design Award for Environments, and the Best in Environments award from ID Magazine. In addition to HouMinn, Satterfield has worked for Yung Ho Chang (now Atelier Feichang Jianzhu), Michael Bell Architecture (now Visible Weather), Oliver + Ray Architects, and Bricker + Cannady Architects, where he served as Director of Design for several years. His work with BCA and later Page won multiple AIA awards and national SARA design awards for architecture and urban design.
Satterfield's research focuses on material behaviour and production processes in architecture, including the interface between software, tools and materials.