Georgeen Theodore is an architect and urban designer who has participated in and led large-scale projects in the United States and internationally. As an associate professor in the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology, she teaches design studio in both the undergraduate and Master of Infrastructure Planning programs. A key goal in Theodore's work is to bring large-scale design issues and methodologies to the forefront in both programs. Her recent design studios have emphasized the visualization of the actors and decision-making processes that shape the city as a means to understand the limitations and potentials of design.
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.
Last update: December 7, 2011
Topics: urban design, infrastructure planning, contemporary urban dynamics