Erlene Clark

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Erlene Clark serves on the School of Architecture’s Student Affairs team as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Her primary focus in this role is to assist the undergraduate student population in achieving their academic goals while fostering an educational environment that is encouraging and supportive.

Prior to joining the UTSOA, Erlene gained extensive experience in a student-facing capacity at Austin Community College as the Architecture Program Coordinator for sixteen years. While at ACC, she worked as a Professor of Architecture and the Assistant Department Chair in the Architectural & Engineering Computer-Aided Design Department. She also established the Associate of Science in Architecture transfer program at ACC in 2019 to facilitate student transfer to accredited architecture schools.

Erlene’s areas of research interest include facilitating pathways into architectural education, creativity assessment, and beginning design pedagogy. She is a registered architect in Texas and a member of the Texas Society of Architects and American Institute of Architects, and she currently serves on the AIA National Higher Education Advisory Team (HEAT).


  • Master of Science in Architectural Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona


Clark, E.M. “Criticism and Intent: A Design Studio Paradox.” National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) Proceedings: 37, April 2022.

Clark, E.M. “Normalizing Abstraction: Interdisciplinarity and Familiarity in Beginning Design Pedagogy.” 107th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting Proceedings, March 2019.

Clark, E.M. “Socio-Cultural Modalities in the Design Studio: The Intersection of Pedagogical and Aspirational Contexts.” National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) Proceedings: 35, March 2019.

Clark, E.M. “Creativity Matters: Community College and the Expansion of Access to Architectural Education.” Master's Thesis - Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS): The University of Texas at Austin, May 2018.

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