Richard Dagenhart

Richard Dagenhart


richard [dot] dagenhart [at] arch [dot] gatech [dot] edu
Phone: (404) 894-2992Office location: 247 4th Street Room 312

View Dagenhart's full C.V.

Dagenhart has been engaged in urban design teaching, practice and research for the past 35 years in Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta and abroad. He currently teaches urban design seminars and studios while coordinating urban design studies in the Master Science - Urban Design Program and the Urban Design Dual Degree Program. He also directs the Graduate Summer Program: Modern Architecture and the Modern City – Barcelona, Berlin, The Netherlands. Since 2009, he co-ordinates, with Dr. Perry Yang, the COA International Urban Design Workshop and taught the 2009 and 2010 workshops in Shanghai.

His recent urban design studios include The Atlanta Stadium  - Alternatives for the Turner Field Parking Lots (with the Atlanta Development Authority); Urban Design Retrofits for Lujiazui/Pudong in Shanghai (with Tongji University), Urban Design – Chattanooga Downtown Westside (with the City of Chattanooga), and the Nordhavnen Sustainable City Competition in Copenhagen. His fall semester 2010 studio is titled Liviable  Density – Shanghai + Atlanta. 

While Dagenhart’s professional practice in urban design is research oriented and  focused on collaborative graduate urban design studios and workshops, he is also a registered architect in Georgia and Florida, maintains a NCARB Certificate, and operates a archaic one-person architectural practice, Richard Dagenhart: Architect, where he continues to produce  very small projects and produces construction documents by hand.

Educational Background

Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania 1972
Master of City Planning, University of Pennsylvania 1972
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arkansas 1970
Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology, University of Arkansas 1970

Contemporary urban design research confronts a fundamental question: How can the discipline of urban design, building on the platforms of the architecture, landscape architecture and planning professions, contribute to the design and development of diverse, equitable, and culturally significant global cities and local places? Design research – design propositions, explored in specific urban situations and with strategic design experiments in the studio and laboratory – frames Dagenhart’s research investigations in collaboration with urban design students in locations from Atlanta to Dubai to Copenhagen to Shanghai.

Recent Works

  • Thoughts on Sustainable Urbanism: Tschumi and Koolhaas at La Villette in WA (World Architecture) ,Beijing. Winter 2010.
  • “Rem Koolhaas”, John Nolen, “”James Rouse, and “Harland Bartholomew” in the Encyclopedia of 20th Century American Art, Oxford University Press. 2010.
  • Tennessee Planning Association Award, Chattanooga Downtown Westside, Urban Design Framework. Chattanooga,Tennessee, with Yang, Branum, Caimbeul, Duong, Finklestein, Kovacheva. 2009.
  • The Re-Inhabitation of Deira and Bur Dubai’in 2A: ART+ARCHITECTURE, UAE,. No.8, Spring,2009  pp. 36-49.
  • Selected Exhibitor, Nordhaven Sustainable City, International Competition, Copenhagen. With Branum, Caimbeul, Duong,Finklestein, Kovacheva, 2008.
  • Second Prize, City of the Future Compitention, LWARPS, Atlanta. With Dunham-Jones, Gamble, LeBlanc,  Akins and others. 2008.
  • The Economic Development – Urban Design Link in Brownfield Redevelopment International Economic Development Council Journal. Spring 2008, pp. 4-9, with Bacon, Green Leigh and Skach.
  • First Prize, International Competition for the Re-inhabitation of Deira and Bur Dubai, UAE. With Williams, Achey, D’agostino, and Stacey. 2006.
  • Book Review: Sprawl-A Compact History, Harvard Design Magazine. #25. Fall/Winter 2006.

Recent Courses

Fall 2010

  • COA 6011/ARCH 6053: Urban Design Laboratory
  • ARCH 6151: Theories of Urban Design

Summer 2010

  • ARCH 7045: Urban Design Workshop – Shanghai
  • ARCH 6153: History and Theory of the Modern City
  • ARCH 6155: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Europe

Spring 2010

  • ARCH 6154/CP 6832: Introduction to Urban Design
  • COA 7011/ARCH 7090: Masters Project Studio

Dissertations supervised

 Middleton, Deborah, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Post-War Urban Development Strategies: C.A. Doxiadis and The First Strategic Plan for al Riyadh Saudi Arabia (1968-1972)." 2009.