Most Admired Educators 2018-19


Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in architecture and design education, and education administration, by naming outstanding professionals from these fields. Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, interior design and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion. The Most Admired Educators are selected by DesignIntelligence staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students.


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David Bell

David Bell

Associate Professor, Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“He was the most influential of my professors with what he taught and his approach to architecture. He is committed to education and to each and every student that comes into his classroom. I admire his dedication and will never forget him.”

Mohammed Bilbeisi

Mohammed Bilbeisi

Professor of Architecture, Oklahoma State University

“He is an artist and approaches each student without judgment. His goal in life is to help his apprentices succeed and does his best at this daily.”

Max Conrad

Max Conrad

Professor, School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

“One of the most dedicated and passionate professors I’ve ever had. He knows what he is talking about and is very passionate about landscape architecture.”

Ned Crankshaw

Ned Crankshaw

Professor and Department Chair, Landscape Architecture, University of Kentucky

“He has great vision for landscape architecture and preservation.”

Darlene Davison

Darlene Davison

Director and Associate Professor, Interior Design, Maryville University

“She is so dedicated to us students. She works really hard to make sure we are getting the best opportunities and the best education. As the head of the program and a professor, she really gets to know all of the students and learns what’s best for all of them.”

Tim de Noble

Tim de Noble

Dean, College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Kansas State University

“Dean de Noble gives his all to advance our program, community, and student development to the highest capability possible. I admire his dedication and perseverance and the way he does so often without the recognition he deserves. I think he also does a great job of placing himself in and around the students he serves and striving to make himself approachable.”

Hernan Diaz Alonso

Hernan Diaz Alonso

Director/CEO, SCI-Arc

“He is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to transfer his knowledge to the students. I admire how he pushes students to do things beyond what they thought they could do. Even with having such a high position in the school he always makes himself available for feedback and critique.”

Evan Douglis

Evan Douglis

Dean, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“He is so dedicated and passionate about RPI's architecture program and really just wants the students to be successful and for the program to grow. His contribution to the school's program is undoubtedly authentic and the students can see very clearly his dedication.”

Melanie Duffey

Melanie Duffey

Assistant Professor, Interior Design, Auburn University

“Not only is Dr. Duffey very knowledgeable about our field and practices, she singlehandedly is responsible for the professionalism coming out of our program. She leads by example, and has prepared us all to exceed the highest expectations in the industry as we move out into the real world.”

Ellen Fisher

Ellen Fisher

Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York School of Interior Design

“Ellen Fisher is an excellent professor and was able to inspire students, provide valuable feedback, and extremely knowledgeable about the industry. Gave constructive criticism to improve presentation skills. She is supportive and approachable and pushes students to think beyond. Also, she is very approachable and makes herself available beyond office hours.”

Anna Ruth Gatlin

Anna Ruth Gatlin

Lecturer, Interior Design, Auburn University

“Anna Gatlin is phenomenal in every way. I’ve never had a more sincere and caring professor.”

David Heymann

David Heymann

Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas

“He is an incredible, caring and engaging professor. He gets people excited about learning and really cares. I can't say enough about how great of a professor and person he is.”

Kent Kleinman

Kent Kleinman

Professor, College of Architecture, Cornell University

“A creative and effective leader, and an innovative teacher.”

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee

Professor, Head of the School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon

“Steve is more than a professor and exceptional leader in the school of architecture. When students need help, whether it be academically or personal/ emotionally related, Steve never fails to guide students one on one with the resources and comfort they need to successfully move forward both in school and their future career.”

Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin

Lecturer, Interior Design, Auburn University

“She takes time to teach students, she focuses on a broader approach to teaching explaining the observable importance of the information rather than just teaching facts. She is caring as well as an excellent educator. She works hard to prepare students for the field and encourages them to follow their passions.”

Mark Mistur

Mark Mistur

Dean, College of Architecture, Kent State University

“He best prepared me for professional practice as well as being a passionate and excited educator. He is approachable and takes the needs and concerns of the student body seriously. Under his influence, Kent State's architecture program will become sought after on an international scale.”

Maureen Mitton

Maureen Mitton

Program Director/Professor, Design Department, University of Wisconsin – Stout

“She is amazing at her job, and at working with the students. Very educated and helpful as a teacher.”

Doug Noble

Doug Noble

Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Southern California

“Doug has poured himself out toward the betterment of not just his students but everyone he can possibly influence in the community.”

Stephanie Rolley

Stephanie Rolley

Professor and Department Head, Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University

“She works tirelessly to make sure each student's individual needs are met.”

Michael Speaks

Michael Speaks

Dean, School of Architecture, Syracuse University

“He is a fantastic educator, constantly interacting with the student body. He is engaged and willing to help students, and responds quickly and justly to issues.”

Peter Trowbridge

Peter Trowbridge

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University

“Peter Trowbridge cares so much about all of his students, easily relates to all of us, and provides truly helpful feedback. He’s always there when you need him.”

Lisa Tucker

Lisa Tucker

Professor and Program Chair, Interior Design, Virginia Tech

“Genuinely cares about the education of her students, and she makes all efforts to ensure her students will succeed in their design careers post-graduation.”

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

Dean, School of Architecture, Woodbury University

“She is an impactful teacher and an inspiring leader. Ingalill helps us to be prepared for work after graduation. She is an incredible role model.”

Robert Weddle

Robert Weddle

Dean and Professor, School of Architecture, Drury University

“Dr. Weddle has a very vested interest in his students. Even as a first year, he knew my name very early in the year and made sure to ask how I was doing. He was a great teacher in the classes that I have taken with him so far.”

Richard Weller

Richard Weller

Department Chair and Professor, Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

“He is interested in pushing boundaries and thought in a variety of directions. A very talented landscape architecture designer and theorist, he has a distinctive interpretation of contemporary landscape and urbanism.”

Sarah Whiting

Sarah Whiting

Dean, School of Architecture, Rice University

“She is so attuned to her students and invested in their success, also very knowledgeable about the field and world of architecture. I look up to her personally and academically.”

Andrew Wilcox

Andrew Wilcox

Department Chair and Professor, Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona

“He is actively involved in promoting events, networking opportunities for students and challenging them in studio and lectures. Very knowledgeable.”

Liliane Wong

Liliane Wong

Professor and Head, Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design

“Professor Wong is intelligent and fair. She is also a great teacher with amazing insights. Her sense of humor helps lessen stress levels. She gave me the best introduction to the world of adaptive reuse.”