Michelle A. Rinehart
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach, College of Design
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.S. (History & Theory of Architecture), University of Michigan
B.Arch., Tulane University
Accreditation, Architecture, Design, Curriculum, Education, Diversity, Public Interest Design, Service Learning, Social Engagement, Studio
Michelle Rinehart is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach in Georgia Tech’s College of Design. She provides oversight for a range of programs and initiatives for the College, from faculty affairs to undergraduate admissions. As an adjunct associate professor in the School of Architecture, she teaches in the undergraduate program, coordinating the first-year design studio. In the summer, she directs the Architecture & Design track in iGniTe, GT’s summer launch program for incoming students. Her scholarship examines how architectural education instills in students the need to serve the public good as part of their professional responsibility.
Michelle serves president of the Grand Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta, the national honor society for architecture and the allied arts, and is also the faculty advisor for Georgia Tech’s Rho Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta. She also serves as immediate past president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC).
She has been an invited reviewer in architecture programs around the country, including Washington University in St. Louis, Syracuse, Tulane, Ball State, and the universities of Michigan, Colorado (Denver), Tennessee, and Texas at Arlington. Michelle has also served as a consultant to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), authoring a series of white papers to assist in the 2013 and 2016 Accreditation Review Conferences, the tri-annual process through which the organization revises and amends the conditions and procedures for the accreditation of professional architectural programs in the United States. She regularly participates in accreditation visits for the NAAB and was a member of the 2020 Interim Progress Review panel. Since 2007, she has been a reviewer for the AIA/AAF Diversity Advancement Scholarship program.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Michelle served as Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. During her tenure at CUA, she co-founded the Catholic University of America Design Collaborative (CUAdc), an in-house architectural design firm that provides services to community groups in the District of Columbia.
Michelle received a professional degree in architecture from Tulane University, an M.S. in Architecture (history and theory) from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.