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George Dodds, Ph.D.

Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of Architecture

School of Architecture

George Dodds has taught at several universities throughout the United States, and practiced in offices in Detroit, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. He was a fellow in Landscape Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library (Washington, D.C.) before earning his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania (2000) and joining the University of Tennessee (UTK). Dodds has published two books: Building Desire: On the Barcelona Pavilion, and Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture (with Robert Tavernor), along with dozens of articles. He was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education (2006-2010), and served on its Editorial Board and Design Committee for five years prior. He is a Distinguished Professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and was the College of Architecture + Design’s first UTK Cox Professor (2006-09). In 2008 he was the Mickel Visiting Professor of Architecture at Clemson University. He has authored over 30 articles for his column on the criticism of the built environment, “Architecture Matters,” for the Knoxville Mercury, which is currently a book project with the University of Tennessee Press. He is  the Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of Architecture (2012-2023).
Dissertation: Landscape and Garden in the Work of Carlo Scarpa.

Supervisors: John Dixon Hunt, Joseph Rykwert, Marco Frascari, Caroline Constant, and David Leatherbarrow.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • M.S., Arch., University of Pennsylvania,1997
  • M. Arch., University of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • B. Arch., University of Detroit, 1981
  • B.S. Arch., University of Detroit, 1980


George Dodds practiced in offices in Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, during which he worked with several firms on a wide range of projects. The firms include Harry Weese and Associates and Bowie Gridley, both in their Washington, DC offices, and Kieran, Timberlake & Harrisin Philadelphia. The scale of projects range from the Buffalo Transit System and the Evening Star Building, in Washington to alterations and additions to residential and institutional buildings.

Expertise & Interests

Before UTK, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Penn State, Catholic University of America, and Giancarlo di Carlo’s International Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Design in Venice. He has served as the Interim Chair of the Landscape Program, which he helped found, and for over three years headed the Graduate Architecture Program and served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Architecture + Design. He was the first CoAD UT James R. Cox Professor (2006-09) and is now the Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of Architecture.


An editorial consultant on KieranTimberlake’s Manual, he has published Building Desire: On the Barcelona Pavilion (Routledge, 2005), and Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture (MIT Press, 2002). Building Desire explores the pavilion’s mythography and mythology. Body and Building (co-edited with Robert Tavernor) is a collection of original essays culled from a Festschrift Dodds organized (with David Leatherbarrow and William Braham) in honor of Joseph Rykwert.

Author of dozens of articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and professional magazines, he has edited three theme issues for the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) and served as Executive Editor of the JAE (2006-2010). A fellow in Landscape Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Sir John Soane Museum in London and the American Academy in Rome. At the latter, he continued his research on his dissertation topic and Graham Foundation-funded book project, “Landscape and Garden in the Work of Carlo Scarpa,” (University of Pennsylvania, 2000).