BiographyI am an architect, professor, and the Director of Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), and a curator at the National Building Museum.
Born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey, I am a graduate of Virginia Tech (Architecture) and the College of William and Mary (History of Art). I have lectured on American urbanism, sustainability, and current issues in design, to public, professional, and academic audiences in the US, Europe and Latin America. I have had the opportunity to serve on several architecture selection committees, most recently for the District of Columbia Public Libraries, and on numerous design awards juries. A former president of Architect/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, I also served on the board of the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED), and consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. I was awarded the inaugural Vision in Design Award from the Branch Museum of Architecture in 2018, and the Washington Architecture Foundation’s John Wiebenson Award in 2014 for work dedicated to the public interest.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I am interested in the education of architects and of the general public about architecture; graphic communication and technology, American urbanism, current issues in the built environment, and political space.
I have written a few other books--Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture, (Princeton Architectural Press) , Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the 18th Century to the Present (also Princeton Architectural Press), Green Community (American Planning Association) and Intelligent Cities (National Building Museum)
When I'm not talking or writing about the built environment I play in a rock and roll band--the WAAC Band-- with other architects, alumni and students.
By: Susan Carty Piedmont-Palladino
With multiple images--some never published before--from the National Gellery of Art, How Drawings Work is now available in the national Gallery bookstore. Get your copy there and walk around looking for how the world does or doesn't match the wishes and instruction drawings. Go outside and look closely at the link Tennessee marble...