Director of the Minnesota Design Center
Director of MSMD
Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design
Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University
Master of Arts, Intellectual History, Case Western Reserve University
My recent research has focused on how human-centered design can help us reimagine the dysfunctional, unsustainable, and inequitable systems that affect our daily lives. I am particularly interested in identifying “fracture-critical” systems vulnerable to sudden failure and in creating more equitable and resilient systems that can withstand unexpected disruptions.
I teach three courses in the School of Architecture, a required graduate-level class on architectural theory, another elective graduate-level class on urban design, and a required undergraduate class on urban design. I have also been teaching a venture-design class as one of the university’s “grand challenges” courses.
Selected Honors and Awards
- ACSA Distinguished Professor, College of Distinguished Professors, 2019
- Minnesota Book Awards, non-fiction nomination, 2017
- Alpha Rho Chi, Gold Medal, 2016
- School of Architecture, Graduate Student Award, Best Teacher, 2006, 2007
- College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Research Award, 2004