Dean Michelle Addington
Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture
Michelle Addington is Dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she holds the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture. Formerly, she served as Gerald Hines Chair in Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale University School of Architecture and was jointly appointed as a Professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to teaching at Yale, she taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Technical University of Munich, Temple University, and Philadelphia University.
Originally educated as a mechanical/nuclear engineer, Addington worked for several years as an engineer at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and for E.I. DuPont de Nemours before she studied architecture. Her teaching, research, and professional work span across these disciplines with the overarching objective of determining strategic intersections between the optimal domains of physical phenomena with the practical domains of spatial, geo-political, economic, and cultural systems. Her books, chapters, essays, journal papers, and articles address topics ranging from fluid mechanics to the History of Technology to smart materials, and she has consulted on projects as diverse as the Sistine Chapel and Amazon rain forest.
Addington received a B.S.M.E. from Tulane University, a B.Arch from Temple University, and M.Des.S. and Dr.Des degrees from Harvard University. She also holds an honorary M.A. from Yale University. In 2009, she was selected as one of the country’s top ten faculty in architecture by Architect Magazine, and, in 2014, she was named as one of Connecticut’s “Women of Innovation.”
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Charlton Lewis is a Senior Lecturer who specializes in the areas of architectural design and construction. Lewis has taught continuously at The University of Texas School of Architecture since the Fall of 2006. In addition to teaching studio and construction courses, Lewis has taught various seminar courses, including, most recently, Race and Gender: By Design, which examined design relative to the narratives of race, gender, and diversity. Lewis earned his Master and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the UT Austin School of Architecture. Lewis maintains an active design practice principally focused on residential design and construction, and has been associated with the firms Dick Clark + Associates, Black and Vernooy Architects, Mell Lawrence Architects, and Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects. Lewis currently serves as Co-Chair of the UTSOA Committee of Diversity and Equity and as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Uli Dangel received a Diploma in Architecture from Universität Stuttgart in Germany and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. His professional career led him to London where he worked for internationally renowned architecture firms Foster and Partners as well as Grimshaw. His experience includes projects such as Frankfurt Airport, the McLaren Research and Development Centre, the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich, and the Education Resource Centre at the Eden Project in Cornwall. He is a registered architect in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Texas, and maintains an Austin-based design practice with Associate Professor Tamie Glass.
Professor Dangel’s research focuses on the use of wood in construction, its influence on building culture and craft, and how it contributes to the advancement of sustainable practices at the scale of local and global economies. In his teaching, technology and its impact on architectural expression play a fundamental role in both the design studio setting as well as lecture and seminar courses. Professor Dangel is the recipient of the 2005-2006 School of Architecture Teaching Award for outstanding teacher (studio), the 2007 Texas Exes Teaching Award, the 2007-2008 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, the 2007-2008 School of Architecture Teaching Award for outstanding teacher (lecture), and the 2008-2009 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Birkhäuser Basel published his first two books, Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg: Energy Concepts and Construction Systems and Turning Point in Timber Construction: A New Economy in 2010 and 2017, respectively. Both are available in English and German language editions. Uli Dangel’s latest book Time for Timber, published in 2019 by the Center for American Architecture and Design at UT Austin, documents research he completed as the Center’s 2016-2018 Meadows Fellow.
Allan W. Shearer
Associate Dean for Research and Technology
Allan W. Shearer is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development. He teaches graduate-level landscape planning and design studios and courses that bridge the Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning programs.
His research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present-day decisions. Focusing on issues relating to the built environment, his work engages the expansion of the conceptual frameworks of scenario-based studies and also the methodology by which they are developed. A particular application of his research has been understanding the long-term role of military lands, which contribute to both national security—by providing training and testing areas—and environmental security—by sustaining the natural processes that contribute to a society's well being, such as clean air, clean water, and native biodiversity.
During the 2014–2015 academic year, he was a Fellow of the University's Humanities Institute and a Fellow of the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Case Study Investigation program. He has been a visiting scholar at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and was a Donald D. Harrington Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2012, he received the School of Architecture's Outstanding Teacher Award for studio instruction and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture's international award for Excellence in Research and Creative Works for a junior faculty member. He was listed among the Most Admired Educators by the Design Futures Council in 2013 and received a mid-career research fellowship from the James Marston Fitch Foundation.
He graduated from Princeton and received his Master of Landscape Architecture with distinction in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 2003 from Harvard. He previously taught at Rutgers University and the Boston Architectural Center.
Advanced Studies Program Director
Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, Program Director Masters Advanced Studies, and Program Coordinator Masters of Science in Historic Preservation. He is an architect who graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a degree in Conservation and Restoration of Built Heritage from the Excellence Program of the Carolina Foundation and the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Prior to UT Austin, Prof. Ibarra-Sevilla was part of the faculty at the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture where he taught design and building technology courses and was a Research Fellow of the Center for World Heritage Studies.
His expertise involves case studies of ancient mason techniques, stereotomy, descriptive geometry, and architectural geometry informed by form-resistant structures. His most recent research work focuses on the transmission of building technology from Europe to the Americas exploring the constructive and geometric analysis of sixteenth-century ribbed vaults in Mexico. His work in masonry, geometry, and stereotomy has been awarded in Mexico and the U.S. and has been disseminated in various forums and journals of Europe, Latin America, and North America. His most recent book, Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry, published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico has received numerous awards, and his exhibition holding the same name has been traveling for two years through eight cities of Mexico and the United States. Benjamin has participated in developing assistance for world heritage cities such as Zanzibar in Tanzania, Baku in Azerbaijan, and the Batanes Islands in the Philippines. He recently participated with Ochsendorf DeJong & Block in the project "Beyond Bending" designing and constructing tile vaults exhibited at the Architecture Biennale in Venice 2016.
Professor Ibarra is the first Mexican to obtain tenure at UT School of Architecture.
Architecture Program Director
Kory Bieg is an Associate Professor of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University and is a registered architect in the states of California and Texas. Since 2013, he has served as Chair of the TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, and co-Director of TEX-FAB Digital Fabrication Alliance. He has served on the Board of SXSW Eco Place by Design and the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture.
In 2005, Kory Bieg founded OTA+, an architecture, design, and research office that specializes in the development and use of current, new, and emerging digital technologies for the design and fabrication of buildings, building components, and experimental installations. OTA+ uses current design software and CNC machine tools to both generate and construct conceptually rigorous and formally unique design proposals.
Community & Regional Planning Program Director
Dr. Zhang is Professor of Community and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Zhang held several academic and professional positions, including tenure-track Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, Research Scientist at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York, and Lecturer and licensed Planner/Architect at the Huazhong (Central China) University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.
Dr. Zhang’s research and teaching interests include urban and regional planning (transportation), the built environment-travel behavior relationship, GIS applications, and planning/transportation issues in developing countries. His recent research has focused on megaregional transportation issues, Transit-Oriented Development, and high-speed rail and urban spatial development.
Dr. Zhang is the Director of the University Transportation Center (UTC) Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2) granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Interior Design Program Director
Igor Siddiqui is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Design. He is a registered architect and principal of ISSSStudio, a design practice founded in Brooklyn in 2006.
Siddiqui’s creative scholarship, research, and practice are focused on the relationship between design innovation and public engagement. Through a range of public formats his work seeks to bring experimental design to diverse audiences. This kind of work frequently reveals to the public certain aspects of the constructed environment that are ordinarily hidden, easily overlooked, or otherwise inaccessible. This includes the interior nature of spaces that we inhabit, the materiality of our surroundings, or the underlying technologies that shape our world. His work has been exhibited at a range of venues including at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, the Contemporary Austin, SITE Santa Fe, SxSW Eco, Fusebox Festival, Metro Show Art Fair, the Ogden Museum of Art, and Flux Factory, and has appeared in various professional and popular publications such as Dwell, Interior Design, the Architect’s Newspaper, Artforum, Texas Architect, and Smart Magazine. Over the past decade, his scholarly writing has focused on means, methods, and motives that define contemporary design. His current book project is titled Oblique Space: From Direct Form to Indirect Action.
Siddiqui teaches design studios, visual communication and theory courses at a range of levels across the curriculum, including graduate vertical studios, the School’s Architecture in Europe program, and courses in representation and fabrication. He was recently a visiting artist at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Prior to his appointment at UT Austin, Siddiqui taught at the University of Pennsylvania, California College of the Arts, and Parsons the New School for Design. Preceding his independent work are several years of professional practice with 100: Architect and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City.
Landscape Architecture Program Director
Hope H. Hasbrouck teaches graduate-level design studios and lecture courses in Landscape Architecture in addition to past contributions to the undergraduate architecture studio sequence. In the Spring of 2020 Hope adds Texas Land & Landscape to her teaching roster. Texas Land and Landscape is a UGS signature course that discusses how the land has shaped the character of Texans and how Texans have shaped the character of their landscape.
Hope has won numerous awards for her teaching and service including: 2016 UT School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award (Studio Instruction), 2015 UT School of Architecture Outstanding Service Award, 2012 “25 Most Admired Educators” by Design Intelligence, 2008 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, 2005 UT School of Architecture Outstanding Teacher Award, 2005 UT School of Architecture Outstanding Service Award, 2001 ASLA Merit Award in Communication.
Urban Design Program Director
Professor Almy is a licensed architect with a professional degree in architecture from Cornell University. He has a post-professional degree in architecture and urban design from The University of Texas at Austin and was formerly a Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. Before joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, he has held positions as Assistant Professor in Architecture at The University of Michigan, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Summer Academy in Prague with the Czech Technical University, and Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Professor Almy has also served as Chair of the City of Austin’s Design Commission, Vice-Chair of the Waterfront Planning Advisory Board, and as Chair of the Texas Society of Architects, Urban Design Committee.
At UT, his research and teaching focuses on the overlaps between architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and geography. In addition to his current position, he has been a former director of the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture and founder of the Dallas Urban Lab, (now Texas Urban Futures Laboratory).
His uses applied design-based research methodologies to visualize the impacts of urban development on cities and landscapes, for which he has received numerous awards including an AIA/RUDAT award for excellence in urban design, a 2009 Great Places Planning Award from EDRA, and a partner award from the American Planning Association for his work with the City of Austin on the South Central Waterfront project in 2017.
Professor Almy is a research fellow for the Center for Sustainable Development for which he has recently served as a Principal Investigator on several projects.