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Sharon Sutton

Departmental Faculty

Sharon E Sutton, PhD, FAIA
Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Professor, Architecture
Adjunct Professor, Landscape Architecture
Adjunct Professor, Social Work
Director, Center for Environment, Education and Design Studies


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Office: 208P Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 685-3361
Fax: (206) 616-4992
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University of Washington
Box 355720
Department of Architecture
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3949 15th Ave NE
208P Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

I have been an architecture educator since 1975, having held positions at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan where I became the first African American woman in the United States to be promoted to full professor of architecture. I have held concurrent appointments in urban planning since 1994, landscape architecture since 1998, and social work since 2002. I direct the Center for Environment Education and Design Studies (CEEDS), a college-wide research unit that brings together a culturally diverse, interdisciplinary group of faculty and students to enhance learning and community well-being through participatory research and design. I teach community-focused undergraduate and graduate design studios, offer graduate seminars in professional practice and research methods, and advise master's thesis and doctoral students in several disciplines. My research seeks to advance place making as a means of resisting and transforming the erasure place-consciousness deriving from global capitalism. My most recent publications include a co-authored monograph, Urban Youth Programs in America (University of Washington, 2006), and The Paradox of Urban Space (Palgrave Macmillan, in press for 2011). I am a registered architect, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and was once a member of the musician’s union in New York City.

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University of Washington Faculty Profile »
University of Washington Department of Architecture Faculty Profile »
Center for Environment, Education and Design Studies »

Selected Publications Include

Sutton, Sharon E.  (Book in Progress). Lives Liberated, Lives Constrained: Examining Professional Inclusivity through Life Narratives of Ethnic Minority Architects.

Sutton, Sharon E. and Kemp, Susan P. (eds.) (In Press for February 2011 Release). The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequity and Transformation in Marginalized Communities. New York: Palgrave Macmillian.

Sutton, Sharon E. (2011).  Struggling for the right to housing: a critical analysis of the evolution of West Seattle's High Point.  In The Paradox of Urban Space, pp. 29-51.

Sutton, Sharon E., Kemp, Susan P., Guiterréz, Lorraine, and Saegert, Susan (2006). Urban Youth Programs in America: A Study of Youth, Community, and Social Justice Conducted for the Ford Foundation. Seattle, WA: University of Washington.

Sutton, Sharon E. (2007).  A social justice perspective on youth and community development: theorizing the processes and outcomes of participation.  Children, Youth, and Environments, 17, 2, 616-645.  [Available online at:  http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye].

Sutton, Sharon E. and Kemp, Susan P. (2006, September).  Integrated social science and design inquiry through interdisciplinary design charrettes: an approach to participatory community problem-solving.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 1-2, 125-139.

Sutton, Sharon E. and Kemp, Susan P. (2002). Children as partners in the place-making process: Design charrettes as a strategy for developing civic activism. Journal of Environmental Psychology, Vol. 22. pp. 171-189.

Sutton, Sharon E. (2001). Reinventing professional privileges inclusivity: A proposal for a sustainable praxis of architecture. In Piotrowski and Robinson (Eds.), The Discipline of Architecture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 173-207.

Sutton, Sharon E. (1997). Children inhabiting a landscape of safety. In Ellin (Ed.), Architecture of Fear.New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 241-251.

Sutton, Sharon E. (1996).Resisting patriarchal norms in professional education. In Conway, Agrest, Weisman (Eds.). The Sex of Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, pp. 287-294. Book awarded AIA Citation for Excellence in International Book Publishing, Design/Theory category.

Sutton, Sharon E. (1996). Weaving a Tapestry of Resistance: The Places, Power, and Poetry of a Sustainable Society. Westport: Bergin and Garvey Publishers. In Giroux and Freire (Eds.), Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series.


David Stea (2001, Spring). In Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 82-84.

Robert Coles (1998, November). In Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 52, No. 2, p. 128.

Richard A. Brosio (1998). In Educational Studies, pp. 38-42.

Richard A. Brosio (1997, March). In Choice, Vol. 34, No. 7.

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