Richard Dagenhart

Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture
(404) 894-4885

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Professor Dagenhart’s teaching focuses on urban design, weaving ecological infrastructure with contemporary real estate development. His recent Design+Research Studios include: Eco-City Design Strategies – Chongming Island, Shanghai;  I-85 Mission Zero Ray Anderson Sustainable Highway;  Chattahoochee  River Park Vision and Project Proposals,  and Urban Design Strategies for Climate Change and Sea Level Rise along the Georgia Coast.  He is actively involved in international teaching and research, most recently at Tongji University in Shanghai and the School of Architecture’s Modern Architecture and Modern City Summer Program in Europe.

He received his Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Bachelor of Architecture and the University of Arkansas.

Dagenhart maintains an NCARB Certificate, is a registered architect in Georgia and Florida, and operates Richard Dagenhart: Architect, a small urban design and architectural practice in Atlanta, Georgia and Apalachicola, Florida.


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.