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Ted Shelton, FAIA


School of Architecture

Professor Shelton explores in the intersection of technology and culture across a variety of scales. His current research is focused on surfacing the tacit knowledge embedded in his own practice.

He has also examined history of design thought surrounding the introduction of highways to American cities and the social, structural, and environmental impacts of highways have had on US cities over the last century.

Contact Information


  • PhD Candidate (practice-based research), Virginia Tech
  • Master of Philosophy, Cambridge University, 2004
  • Master of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, 1995
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 1993

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects
  • Affiliated Fellow, American Academy in Rome
  • Fellow, Urban Design Forum
  • Certified, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Licensed Architect, Tennessee


Professor Shelton is a partner and co-founder of the architecture firm curb, which endeavors to create architecture that is smart, resourceful, and intimately tied to its place and its time. Since its founding, the firm has received a steady stream of local, regional, and national design awards. The firm seeks opportunities both to engage with thoughtful clients to make positive contributions to the built environment and to activate their vision through development projects, installations, and events.

Courses Taught

  • Design studio
  • Various technology courses

Expertise & Interests

  • Technology and Culture
  • Green Design
  • Housing Design
  • Historic Preservation
  • Urban Design

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Fellow (Estonia)
  • James Johnson Dudley Faculty Scholar
  • Virginia Design Medal
  • AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant
  • AIA National Housing Design Award
  • AIA National Small Project Design Award
  • AIA National Innovation Award
  • ACSA Collaborative Practice Award
  • Numerous local, state, and regional AIA design awards
  • AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award