Michael Benedikt


Hal Box Endowed Chair in Urbanism

Michael Benedikt is ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism and teaches design studio and architectural theory. He was the Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design (CAAD) and Editor of CENTER: Architecture and Design in America until May 2020. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and of Yale University.

Although Professor Benedikt has worked in a medium-sized firm and run a small architectural practice of his own, he is better known for his teaching and writing. His books include For an Architecture of Reality (1987), Deconstructing the Kimbell (1991), Cyberspace: First Steps (1991), Value (1997) and Value 2 (1998), Shelter: The 2000 Raoul Wallenberg Lecture (2001), God Is the Good We Do (2007), and God, Creativity, and Evolution: The Argument from Design(ers) (2008). His most recent book is Architecture Beyond Experience (2020).

He was Executive Editor of the multi-award-winning book series CENTER: Architecture and Design in America, with recent volumes such as On Landscape Urbanism (2007), Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas (2012), Space + Psyche (2013), Music In Architecture/Architecture in Music (2014), Curtains (2014), The Secret Life of Buildings (2018), and A I R (2020)


  • B.Arch., Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1971
  • M.E.D., Yale University, 1975
Michael Benedikt
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Vertical Design Studios
Advanced Design Studios
Design II Theory
ARC 386M: Theory III

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