Starting July 1, Michelle Addington will be the Dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Currently, she serves as the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture. Addington will replace Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, who has served as the school’s interim dean since last July.
Addington has been educated in architecture and as an engineer, and her career has been wide-ranging. Before teaching at Harvard and Yale, she worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and as a manager at DuPont. She holds degrees from Tulane University and Temple University, as well as a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Addington, who will finish the semester teaching at Yale before she heads to Austin in the summer, describes the move to Texas a kind of homecoming. Her mother was from Austin, and her grandparents lived in Dallas.
“I’m incredibly excited about being immersed about the full set of design disciplines,” says Addington. “I’m also very impressed with the university administration. The issues that the university and the school are grappling with in terms of climate change and globalization—it’s the right place to be asking those questions. “
Look for a profile of Addington in the May/June issue of Texas Architect.