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Richard Dagenhart

Associate Professor Emeritus

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, Urban Form History, Ecological Infrastructure, Sustainable Urban Development 


Richard Dagenhart’s current research and practice are based in intensively collaborative studios in the Master of Science in Urban Design and Master of Architecture Programs, weaving urban morphologies, ecological infrastructure, and design of the public domain within the urban design challenges of accessibility, diversity and equity in the era of climate change.  

Educated in anthropology, architecture and city planning, Dagenhart’s academic career include visiting professorships at Tongji University in Shanghai, Rice University and the University of Maryland and many years teaching at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he has served as Interim Chair of the School of Architecture, Director of M.ARCH Programs, and Coordinator of Urban Design Programs. He founded and directed the Modern Architecture and the Modern City study abroad program in Europe from 1991 to 2012, leading the program in Berlin, Paris, London, The Netherlands, Barcelona, Copenhagen and cities throughout Scandinavia.  

Dagenhart continues to teach at Georgia Tech and to engage urban design public education in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. In addition to urban design studios, Dagenhart teaches the University-wide lecture class, The History of Urban Form, a required course in the School of Architecture and a undergraduate elective in the humanities as part of the University Core Curriculum  Sustainable Development Minors. 

Dagenhart is the founder of Good Urbanism 101, a public education series with the Georgia Conservancy, where frequently collaborates on projects across Georgia. He is a registered architect in Georgia and Florida with his office,  Richard Dagenhart: Architect, located 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, Joel Jassu, Luben Raytchev (2020) Urban Dsign Downtown Atlanta: Land, Water, City, Georgia Conservancy and Central Atlanta Progress. An MSUD Studio Report. 

Dagenhart, Richard, Joel Jassu, Haythem Shata, Thomas Debo (2019) Chattahoochee Riverworks: Industrial Urbanism Revisions and the Chattahoochee Riverpark. Georgia Conservancy. An MSUD Studio Report. 

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 4151 and 7151 History of Urban Form – Undergraduate and Graduate Lecture Class  

ARCH 7013 Urban Design Studio I – Master of Science in Urban Design Program 

ARCH 6049 Design+Research Studio – Master of Architecture Program