Todd Brown

2021-23 Race and Gender in the Built Environment Fellow

Trained as an architect, Dr. Todd Brown is an environmental psychologist whose research lies primarily at the intersection of critical [race] theory and the built environment. Working theoretically, empirically, and visually, his research explores how architecture and other physical spaces and places are produced, perceived, and evaluated as racialized and embodying other social constructs. His dissertation investigated how environmental cues—such as architectural design features and other physical properties—are used in the development of one’s sociospatial imaginary of urban space. Todd has published several scholarly works at the intersections of psychosocial perception, race, social justice, architecture, and urban design, including a book chapter in The Pelgrave Handbook of Prison Design, scheduled to be published in 2022.

As an environmental psychologist with expertise in architectural design, Brown has been a team member in several design competitions including the Van Alan Institute's 2017 Justice in Design Competition for Healthier Jail Design, where his team, led by Architect Lisa Tsang, was a competition finalist. Recently, Todd consulted with a design team -- including architects Karen Kubey, Ignacio Galan, and Neeraj Bhatia -- that was selected to present at Reset: Towards a New Commons, a 2022 exhibition at the Center for Architecture in New York City which explores new dynamics for living in the context of senior-centered housing and community planning. Dr. Brown has also served as a consultant for numerous research projects including the J. Max Bond Center's Inclusion in Architecture report from the City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Brown has taught in various programs and institutions including psychology at Hunter College and the Fashion Institute of Technology;  urban studies at Queens College; and architecture at the City College of New York and Columbia University. He currently serves as the 2021-23 Race and Gender in the Built Environment Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where he teaches design studio workshops and seminar classes on inclusion and socioracial sustainability.

Dr. Brown received his BA, MPH, and MArch from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his MA, MPhil, and Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Brown has also studied and researched architecture internationally at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (San Luis Potosi, Mexico), The University of the Arts (Berlin, Germany), and the Catalonian Institute of Advanced Architecture (Barcelona, Spain).


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2021
  • MPhil in Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2018
  • MA in Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2017
  • MArch, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
  • MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
  • BA in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005


Brown, T.L. (2022). Evaluating Correctional Environments: A Critical Psychosociospatial Approach. In D. Moran, Y. Jewkes, K. Blount-Hill & V. St. John (Eds.), The Pelgrave Handbook of Prison Design. Pelgrave Publishing. ISBN 978-3-031-11971-2. ChapterDOI 10.1007/978-3-031-11972-9_11.


Brown, T.L. (manuscript in preparation). The Architect as Environmental Social Worker: Rethinking Pedagody and Praxis.

Brown, T.L. (manuscript in preparation). Defining "Psychosociospatial": An Argument for the Use of a more Comprehensive Term in Critically Addressing Person-Place Relationships.

Brown, T.L. (manuscript in preparation). The Color of Gentrification: Whitening Bodies and Neutralizing Aesthetics.

Brown, T.L. (2019). Racialized Architectural Space: A Critical Understanding of its Production, Perception and Evaluation. Architecture_Media_Politics_Society, 15(3),1-34. 

Brown, T.L. (2018). A Critical Assessment of the Place of Post-Occupancy Evaluation in the Creation of Socially Responsible Housing. Intelligent Buildings International10(3), 182-193.

Fairfax, R., Brown, T.L., Nickels, L. and Sokas, R.K. (2008). OSHA Compliance Issues: Case Referrals to OSHA from an Interfaith Workers’ Rights Center. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 5(1), D7 - D10.

Todd Brown
Office:  WMB 4.122A
  • Psychosocial, Socioracial and Sociospatial Issues in Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • Socioracial Performance Evaluation
  • Critical [Race] Theory
  • Social Production of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Race and Space
  • Socioracial Sustainability
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Aesthetics and Perception

Racialized Urban Landscapes:  A Psychosociospatial Exploration

Design Studio Workshop (Designing for Inclusion & Socioracial Sustainability)

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