Susannah Dickinson

Associate Professor of Architecture
Faculty Advisor, MS Arch Urban Design and Independent Concentrations
Biosphere 2 Faculty Innovative Teaching Fellow
Chair, Council of Faculty Members


  • Architecture
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Science in Architecture
  • School of Architecture
Susannah Dickinson


Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary architectural theory
  • Design studio
  • Digital design methodologies
  • Multiscalar biomimetics and complexity


Susannah Dickinson is an architect and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. Her work explores the relationship that computational design and fabrication processes can have in the development of more ecologically responsive environments. This stems from a background in digital processes, parametric modeling, BIM, and digital fabrication, largely gained through years of professional experience in the offices of Frank O. Gehry, Los Angeles and SHoP Architects, New York. This technological background is coupled with a belief that it is our responsibility as architects to be concerned with the entire built and natural environment. Her research connects multi-scalar biomimetics and complexity theory with digital processes and design pedagogy. She has published internationally with IJAR, SimAUD and ARCC. She has served on the Board of Directors of ACADIA and her recent design studio won the 2018 Architect Magazine Sloan Studio Prize.

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