Georgeen Theodore, of Brooklyn, NY, an assistant professor in NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design, will be promoted to associate professor with tenure at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration to be held Sept. 14, 2011.Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.
Broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato will speak at the event. A university lecturer, Emmy Award-winning television anchor, and Star-Ledger columnist, Adubato also served in the mid-1980s as New Jersey's youngest state legislator at age 26. Previously, Adubato anchored three PBS broadcasts including Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series.
Theodore is an architect and urban designer. Professionally, she has participated in and led large-scale projects in the U.S. and internationally and is a founder and principal of the award-winning practice Interboro Partners. She teaches design studio and seminars in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and is the director of the school’s Infrastructure Planning Program. A key goal in her work is to bring large-scale design issues and methodologies to the forefront in both programs. Her design studios emphasize the visualization of the actors and decision-making processes that shape the city as a means to understand the limitations and potentials of design.
(ATTENTION EDITORS: Hi-res photos of the researcher will be taken at the event. To receive a copy and/or set up an interview, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)
Academically, in addition to her work at NJIT, Theodore has taught at University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Architecture and at Harvard University’s Career Discovery Program and has served as an invited juror at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, and Rhode Island School of Design. She is a founding partner of Interboro, a New York City-based research and design office whose subject is the extraordinary, exciting complexity of the contemporary city.
Her research interests are centered on contemporary urban dynamics, including the development of new analytical and representational techniques for urban designers. Recent research projects include “In the Meantime, Life with Landbanking,” a proposal to rehabilitate an abandoned shopping mall in Fishkill, New York and “However Unspectacular, The New Suburbanism,” a proposal that examines the spatial consequences of population loss in Detroit, Michigan. Both projects were winners of international design competitions and have been published and exhibited widely.
Theodore received a bachelor of architecture from Rice University and a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. For more information about Theodore, please visit http://www.njit.edu/news/experts/theodore.php.