Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs

Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs

Ellen Dunham-Jones

10.17.2011

Ellen Dunham-Jones

Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As co-author with June Williamson of “Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs” (Wiley & Sons, 2009) her work has received significant media attention in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record, TEDx and other venues. The book received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers and was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now.”

Dunham-Jones has published over 50 articles and 10 chapters in books, consults on urban design projects, and lectures widely. She serves as co-peer review editor for Places Journal and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Ellen Dunham-Jones received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009. In 2006-7 she was the Ax:son Johnson Visiting Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at LTH in Lund, Sweden and the 2010 Visiting Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development at SFU in Vancouver.

A professor of architecture and urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ellen Dunham-Jones is co-author of "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs," which shows how development in existing suburbs can absorb new growth and evolve in relation to changed demographic, technological and economic conditions. At the Clinton School Dunham-Jones discusses how American suburbs have underperformed and how they can be redesigned to be more livable and sustainable. This event is part of Architecture and Design Network's Art of Architecture Lecture Series.