Alan Balfour

Professor Emeritus


DA, Edinburgh College of Art, 1961
MFA, Princeton University, 1964


Cultural History


Educated at Edinburgh and Princeton, Alan Balfour is Professor and former Dean of the College of Architecture (now called the College of Design) at Georgia Tech. He was formerly architecture dean at Rensselaer, chairman of the Architectural Association in London and architecture dean at Rice University. Since 2014 he has held the position of advisory professor to the CAUP Faculty of Tongji University, Shanghai.

Alan Balfour writes on the cultural imagination. His books include SOLOMON'S TEMPLE, Myth, Conflict and Faith (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Creating a Scottish Parliament (Finlay Brown, 2005), and three books in Wiley/Academy’s World Cities series, NEW YORK in 2001, SHANGHAI in 2000 and BERLIN in 1995. This and an earlier book BERLIN: The Politics of Order: 1737-1989 (Rizzoli 1990), received AIA International Book Awards. His most recent work THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM also from Wiley-Blackwell, will be published late in 2017.

Balfour was the year 2000 recipient of the Topaz Medal, the highest recognition given in North America to an educator in architecture. DesignIntelligence named him among their choice of 30 exemplary design educators for 2013.