Hal Box Endowed Chair in Urbanism
Distinguished Professor, Assoc. of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
Coordinator, Vertical Studios

Michael Benedikt is ACSA Distiguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism, directs the MSAS Interdisciplinary Program, 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 reccent 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 +
(2013), Music In Architecture/Architecture in Music (2014), Curtains (2014), The Secret Life of Buildings (2018), and A I R (2020)

A selection of his writings can be found at mbenedikt dot com. For all CAAD events and publications under his directorship/editorship, see soa dot utexas dot edu slash caad.

Courses taught:
Vertical Design Studio
Advanced Design Studio
Design 2 Theory
Theory III (ARC 386M)


  • B.Arch., Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1971
  • M.E.D., Yale University, 1975
photo of Michael Benedikt
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Theory
  • Philosophy, Art, Science, Media