Elizabeth Dowling

Professor Emerita


Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Tech, 1971
Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, 1972
Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, 1981


Betty Dowling is a Professor of architectural history and a registered architect until 2005.  Dr. Dowling is a tenured Professor who has taught at Georgia Tech's College of Design (formally know as the College of Architecture) for over 30 years. In addition to teaching courses on Renaissance and Classical topics, she developed the College of Design Summer Program in Italy. Since 1993, graduate and undergraduate students have experienced the history of art and architecture from the Ancient to the Baroque period through on-site instruction.

The teaching in this international program is shared equally by Professors Dowling, Allen and Economou. Dr. Economou added Greece to this program in 2006. In 2007 she developed the MS program in classical design that is the first such program in the country. In 2006 she was invited to serve as a juror for the Richard Driehaus Prize for Life Achievement in Classical Architecture and continues in this position. In 2006 she co-curated with Anne Fairfax of Fairfax and Sammons Architects, a traveling exhibit of new classical work based on her book New Classicsm, Rizzoli, 2004. The exhibit has been displayed in numerous colleges and the INTBAU Conference, Venice, Italy, November 2006. Information on the exhibit is found at http://www.newclassicismexhibit.typepad.com/

In 2000, she received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Georgia Tech Women's Leadership Conference and the College of Design Faculty Service Award for her leadership efforts to increase the number of women and minority students in the college. In the area of research, she received an International Book Award from the American Institute of Architects and a Bronze Medal from the Georgia AIA for her book American Classicist: the Architecture of Philip Trammell Shutze , Rizzoli Publications International, 1989, 2nd edition 2001.

Her present research continues to involve currently practicing classical and traditional designers and an associated investigation into the growing interest in all forms of Eclectic design from Gothic churches to Renaissance villas. In recognition of her instruction in classical architecture, she received the Arthur Ross Award given by Classical America in the field of education, 2001.

Her most recent books are Timeless Architecture: Homes of Distinction by Harrison Design Associates, Schiffer Publishing, 2003; New Classicism: the Rebirth of Traditional Architecture, Rizzoli Publications International, 2004 and Harrison Design Associates: A Decade of Architecture, Images Publishing, 2007. These books present the current work of selected British and American classicists.