Simon Atkinson


Mike Hogg Professor in Community and Regional Planning

For the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters, I will be teaching: 

  1. The Design of New Communities: a seminar and project that builds values and approaches to "community," "home," "access," and a climate-positive architecture. Detailed case studies are examined from the 19th century to current projects. (Fall 2024)

  2. Smart, Green, and Just, A Revised Agenda for Architecture: an examination with the use of detailed case studies of the values and methods towards a humane, intelligent and environmentally based city. (Spring 2025)

In the Spring Semester I will also focus on research and practice.  I am writing up "From Garden City to New Community " putting together an exploration and critique of the Hines Ubran Design Competition, and undertaking field work in Amsterdam, Freiburg, London and Stockholm. 

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Professor Simon Atkinson is the Mike Hogg Professor in Community and Regional Planning at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He was the founding Head of the Joint Centre for Urban Design at  Oxford Brookes University. At the University of Texas, he served as Associate Dean and the Director of Urban Design and of Landscape Architecture.

Professor Atkinson won the School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Texas Exes Outstanding Teaching Award. He was faculty advisor to a significant number of nationally recognized teams in the Urban Land Institute Hines Urban Design Competition, with two national first place awards, and a winning HUD Housing Competition entry. He has been visiting professor at the University of Sheffield; North Carolina State University; Virginia Tech; University of Oklahoma; and Washington-Alexandria Center. He has lectured at over fifty universities and conferences.  

Professor Atkinson was project architect/urban designer with Wilson and Wolmersley and LLewellyn-Davies (London), a partner at Oxford Planning Group, Black Atkinson Vernooy, and Atkinson International. He is currently a partner at Urban Design Associates of Austin.


  • Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Design, University of Sheffield
  • M.A. in Regional Studies, University of Sussex
  • Dipl Planning and Design, Architectural Association
  • Dip. Arch, Leeds University
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Office: SUT 3.130B

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