Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumna Michelle Addington (MDes ’94, DDes ’97) has been named the next Dean of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Addington will begin her new role on July 1, 2017. She will be the first woman to be appointed dean of architecture in the school’s 107-year history.
Educated as both an architect and an engineer, Addington currently serves as the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture, and holds a joint appointment with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on energy, technology, and advanced materials.
Addington taught at Harvard for ten years before beginning at Yale in 2006. She previously held positions with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and as an engineer with DuPont.
In 2009, Addington was named one of the top ten architecture faculty in the country by Architect magazine.
In a letter to the University of Texas community, Maurie McInnis, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Texas at Austin, praised Addington, saying “the interdisciplinary perspective she brings will be a tremendous asset to the school and university.”