Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA

Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect, professor, and coordinator of the MS in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has published over 60 articles linking contemporary theory and practice, is chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and serves on the national AIA Design and Health Leadership Group. A leading authority on suburban redevelopment, she lectures widely, conducts workshops with municipalities and consults on individual projects. 

Dunham-Jones and co-author June Williamson wrote Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2009, updated paperback edition in 2011). The book’s documentation of successful retrofits of vacant big box stores, dead and thriving malls, and aging office parks into more sustainable places has received significant media attention in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record and other venues. The book received the PROSE award from the American Association of Publishers as best architecture/urban planning book of 2009, was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now” and is the subject of her 2010 TED talk (see below) and 2012 TED-NPR Radio Hour interview. 

Dunham-Jones is continuing to research short and long-term tactics for scaling up suburban retrofitting in the U.S. and abroad. She appeared in the 2011 documentary Urbanized, the 2012 PBS series “Designing Healthy Communities” and contributed chapters to the honorable Henry Cisneros’s 2012 book, Independent for Life, Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America and “Irrational Exuberance: Rem Koolhaas in the Nineties” to the 2013 book Architecture and Capitalism. She 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.

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