Professor, Director, Urban Design Program
Georgia Tech School of Architecture

Ellen is Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design degree, an authority on sustainable
suburban redevelopment, and a leading urbanist. Author of over 60 articles linking
contemporary theory and practice, she is co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting
Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley, 2009, 2011) Its
documentation of successful retrofits of aging big box stores, malls, and office parks into
healthier and more sustainable places received a PROSE award as the best architecture and
urban planning book of 2009 and has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine,
Harvard Business Review, NPR, PBS, TED and other prominent venues. She serves on several
national boards and committees, is former Chair of the Board of the Congress for the New
Urbanism, lectures widely and conducts community workshops. In both her teaching and
research she focuses on helping communities address the 21st century challenges that they
were never designed for – whether that’s through her unique database of successful suburban
retrofits or studio classes on anticipating autonomous vehicles, coping with climate change or
suburban blight. She taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech as Architecture
Program Director from 2000-2009.