Ellen Dunham-Jones

Speech Topics:
- Retrofitting Suburbia
- Sprawl and Suburbia: Consequences and Alternatives
- New Urbanism: A Forum not a Formula
- Instant Cities
- The Future of Suburbs
- Economic and Environmental Sustainability in the Post-Industrial Landscape
- Smart Growth
- Transit-oriented Development and Urban Design—for Cities, Suburbs
- Retooling the Suburbs: New Possibilities for Out-of-date, Underperforming Properties

Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, is a world-renowned expert on urban and suburban design. As a professor of architecture and urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, an award-winning architect and a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, she shows audiences how design of where we live impacts some of the most pressing issues of our times—reducing our ecological footprint and energy consumption while improving our health and communities and providing living options for all ages. In particular, she shows how changing demographics like fewer households with children will change how we build.

Dunham-Jones is widely recognized as a leader in finding solutions for aging suburbs. She is the co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley, January 2009). She and co-author June Williamson share more than 50 case studies across North America of “underperforming asphalt properties” that have been redesigned and redeveloped into walkable, sustainable vital centers of community—libraries, city halls, town centers, schools and more. Retrofitting Suburbia received a 2009 PROSE award for scholarly and professional excellence from the American Association of Publishers.

Dunham-Jones speaks frequently on issues of urban design, sprawl, planning, changing demographics and public health at conferences that include the United Nation’s World Urban Forum II, the Center for Disease Control’s summit on public health and urban design, the Congress for the New Urbanism, Clinton Global Initiative University, the National Building Museum, GreenPrints Conference, Simon Frasier University, the Urban Land Institute and the NEA Mayors Institute on City Design.

She has received more than 20 awards for her work in architectural design, education and research including an AIA Education Honor Award, Public Space in the New American City Competition, the Infiniti Award for Extraordinary Design, and DesignIntelligence’s list of the top 30 leaders bridging theory and practice. She has received grants from the Graham and W. Alton Jones Foundations, the Seaside Institute, and the MIT HASS Fund.

She serves on the editorial boards for the journals Places and The Urbanist and on several local and national boards: the Congress for the New Urbanism, Urban Research Lab, ULI-Atlanta, CNU-Atlanta, and the Jekyll Island Advisory Council. Past service includes the board of the Seaside Institute, the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Thresholds, and on committees with the Atlanta US Green Building Council, the Atlanta Smart Growth Partnership, Atlanta AIA, Healthy Places Research Group, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Dunham-Jones received her undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University summa cum laude and her master’s degree in architecture from Princeton with the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit. Before joining Georgia Tech as an associate professor in 2001, she worked as an architect in New York City and taught as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, (1986–1993) and as associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993–2000). She was the Ax:son Johnson Foundation Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden for 2006–7.

She has been featured in media that include CNN, CBS, Newsweek, Time, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Boston Globe and has authored more than 35 articles or chapters in books on design, architecture and sustainability. She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Design Magazine.

Travels from Atlanta, Georgia.

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