Richard Dagenhart

Associate Professor Emeritus


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


Urban Design, Green Infrastructure, Urban Design History, Sustainable Communities


Professor Dagenhart’s research and practice focus on urban design, weaving ecological infrastructure, and urban history with contemporary real estate development. His courses include the Institute-wide, History of Urban Form, and Urban Design Studios within the School of Architecture and the Master of Science in Urban Design Program.   His studios are most often collaborations with the Georgia Conservancy focusing on sustainable urbanism and involve students in the Master of Science in Urban Design, Master of Architecture, and Master of City and Regional Planning Programs in the College of Design.

Recent studios include:

  • F.2020 Green New Deal Superstudio – Greening Downtown Atlanta with Central Atlanta Progress and the Georgia Conservancy
  • F.2019 Ecological Infrastructure  Design – Atlanta Industrial Park and the Chattahoochee  Riverpark
  • F.2018 Water and Urban Deisng– NPU-G and the Atlanta Housing Authority Sites
  • S.2017 Urban Design for Climate Change - Retrofit Strategies, the Olympus Neighborhoods, East Savannah, Ga. 
  • S.2016 Learning from Savannah and Re-Designing Buttermilk Bottom, Atlanta
  • F.2015 Ecological City Design Strategies – Chongming Island, Shanghai
  • F.2014 Interstate 85 Mission Zero – Designing the Ray C. Anderson Sustainable Highway

Dagenhart is the founder of Good Urbanism 101, a public education series with the Georgia Conservancy and the City of Atlanta Urban Studio. He is also 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 Amsterdam and Copenhagen. He 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.

Visiting Professor (part-time), University of Maryland, 1973-74

Visiting Professor (part-time), Rice University, 1975 -77

Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech, 1977-1985

Director, Graduate Programs in Architecture, 1986-1992

Coordinator, MS-Urban Design/MSUD, School of Architecture, Georgia Tech, 2004-2012

Associate Professor, Georgia Tech, 1986-2012

Interim Chair, School of Architecture, Georgia Tech, 2014-15

Retired/Senior Lecturer, Georgia Tech, 2012-Present

Urban Designer, The Kling Partnership, Philadelphia. 1970-71

Project Urban Designer, Wallace McHarg Roberts, and Todd, Philadelphia. 1970-74

Consultant, USAID, and Ministry of Housing, Kuwait, Kuwait, 1974

Partner, David A. Crane, and Partners, Philadelphia, and Houston. 1974-1979

Partner, Urban Design Plus, Atlanta. 1979-1982

Partner, Wilson Dagenhart Johnson, Atlanta. 1982-1986

Richard Dagenhart, Architecture and Urban Design, Atlanta. 1987-Present

Dagenhart, Richard and Joel Jassu and Urban Design Studio Students (2019) “Water and  Urban Design: NPU-G and the Atlanta Housing Authority Redevelopment Sites.”  with the Georgia Conservancy.

Dagenhart, Richard (2016) “Stormwater and Urban Design” in Teaching Urban Design, Li Tian and Qing Li, Eds., China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, pp 34-43.

Dagenhart, Richard, Perry Yang, Li Tian, Qing Li (2016) “Urban Design Charrette: LuJiaZui’ in Teaching Urban Design, Li Tian and Qing Li, Eds, China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing, pp 46-77.

Dagenhart, Richard with Elizabeth Ward, Cassie Branum, Jeff Williams, Ryan Gravel, Kevin Bacon, and Urban Design Studio students (2015) Mission Zero Corridor, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson    Foundation. The Georgia Conservancy, Atlanta.

Dagenhart, Richard (2013) Retreat:Adapt:Defend: Designing Community Response to Sea Level Rise on the Georgia Coast, The Georgia Conservancy, Atlanta

Dagenhart, Richard (2010) “Rem Koolhaas”,“John Nolen”,“Harland Bartholomew”,“James Rouse” in Marten, Joan, Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. New York: Oxford University Press.

Dagenhart, Richard (2010), “Sustainable Urbanism” in WA – World Architecture, ed. Wang Lu, Winter  2009/10. Bejing.

Dagenhart, Richard, (2009) “The Re-Inhabitation of Deira and Bur Dubai’ 2A: Art+ArchitectureNo.8, Spring 2008. UAE.  pp. 36-49.

Selected Exhibitor, Nord Haven Sustainable City, International Competition, Copenhagen. With Branum, Caimbeul, Duong, Finklestein, Kovacheva, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2008.

Second Prize, LWARPS: City of the Future Atlanta (A competition sponsored by the Discovery Channel) with Dunham-Jones, Gamble, LeBlanc, Akins, Futrell. Atlanta, 2008.

ARCH 6151/4151 – The History of Urban Form An institute-wide lecture course with graduate and undergraduate sections. Required for the Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Urban Design Programs. A humanities elective in the Georgia Tech undergraduate academic core. 

ARCH 7013/ARCH 6049 - Urban Design Studio/Design Research Studio Advanced studios in the Master of Science in Urban Design, Master of Architecture and Dual Degree Program in Architecture and City and Regional Planning. The studios are collaborative with students in the studio and with external professional, agency and NGO sponsors.