BiographyAfter obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and Master of Architecture from Yale University, Dewey Thorbeck won a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome and studied in Italy for two years. The recipient of a number of architectural design awards, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and past president of AIA Minnesota. With a special interest in rural futures he authored the book Rural Design: A New Design Discipline that was published worldwide by Routledge in 2012 and is now being translated and published in China.
His second book Architecture + Agriculture will also be published by Routledge in 2016. As a result of his unique concern for rural issues in response to global economics he has lectured in Canada, China, and around the U.S. on design and entrepreneurial opportunities for rural development based on regional assets and community values.
In addition to his professional work Dewey is an adjunct full professor at the University of Minnesota and founder and director of the Center for Rural Design. The Center is sponsored by the College of Design and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. The Center is the first in the world to bring design and design thinking as a problem-solving process to rural land issues through sponsored research projects.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Architecture, Rural Design
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