Richard Dagenhart

Richard Dagenhart

Interim Chair and Coordinator of B.S. Architecture and M. Architecture Programs, Professor Emeritus

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

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For more than 40 years, Dagenhart has been engaged in urban design teaching, practice and research in Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta and abroad. Recently retired from Georgia Tech and continuing to teach part-time, he returned to the School of Architecture to serve as Interim Chair for the 2014-15 academic year while a search is underway for a new Chair.

After joining the faculty of the College of Architecture in 1977, Dagenhart taught every studio level in the undergraduate and graduate programs, served as director of the Master of Architecture program from 1986 to 1991, and led the dual degree (M.ARCH. and MCRP) program in Urban Design. He also led the approvals of the Master of Science of Urban Design degree, and served on numerous committees and task forces in the College and Institute. He founded the Modern Architecture and the Modern City program in 1990, leading it in Europe and the more recent expansion to East Asia. Dagenhart was awarded College of Architecture awards for outstanding teaching on three occasions, for outreach and collaboration with the profession, and for service to the College of Architecture.

From 1992 to 2000, Dagenhart directed the Mayors Institute on Urban Design: South, a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008, he founded and has led Good Urbanism 101, the statewide public education and continuing education program sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy. He also contributes to the Georgia Municipal Association Blog on topics of urban design.

His recent urban design studios include: Urban Design Strategies for Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: The Georgia Coast;  Stormwater and Urban Design: Proposals for the Beltline; Reclaiming Harrisburg (with the City of Augusta and the Georgia  Conservancy);  The Atlanta Stadium  - Urban Design 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 Rivercity Company and the  City of Chattanooga), and the Nordhavnen Sustainable City Competition in Copenhagen.

For the  2014-15 academic year he will participate in the fall studio envisioning the 21 mile Net Zero Ray Anderson Sustainable Highway Design along I-85, sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy. He will also lead the Chattahoochee Corridor Design Strategy study sponsored by the new non-profit, Chattahoochee Now, Inc.

Dagenhart maintains an NCARB Certificate, is a registered architect in Georgia and Florida, and operates Richard Dagenhart: Architect, a small architectural practice in Atlanta, Georgia and Apalachicola, Florida, that focuses on small residential projects and installations.


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.