Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture
Fellow of Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation
Fellow of Potter Rose Professorship in Urban Planning

Frederick Steiner is the dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. Dean Steiner is the current president of the Hill Country Conservancy (a land trust) and past chair and current secretary of Envision Central Texas (a non-governmental regional planning organization).

As a Fulbright-Hays scholar in 1980, he conducted research on ecological planning at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. In 1998, he was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Dean Steiner was a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2005-2007). He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in city and regional planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Community Planning and a B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati. Dean Steiner received an honorary M.Phil. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic.

Dean Steiner has published numerous articles and books. His most recent books include Urban Ecological Design (with Danilo Palazzo, 2011), Design for a Vulnerable Planet (2011), Planning and Urban Design Standards (Student Edition with Kent Butler, 2007), The Essential Ian McHarg: Writings on Design and Nature (2006), and Human Ecology: Following Nature’s Lead (2002).


  • Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning) University of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • M.A. (City and Regional Planning) University of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • M.R.P. (Regional Planning) University of Pennsylvania, 1977
  • M.C.P. (Community Planning) University of Cincinnati, 1975
  • B.S.D. (Graphic Design) University of Cincinnati, 1972
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