Susan Piedmont-Palladino is an architect, professor, and director of Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. She is a consulting curator at the National Building Museum and author of several books, including companion volumes for exhibitions she curated, such as Green Community, Intelligent Cities, and Timber City. Her most recent book, How Drawings Work: A User-Friendly Theory, published by Routledge in 2019, takes a fresh and unconventional look at graphic communications.
A graduate of Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary, Susan has lectured on American urbanism and sustainability to public, professional, and academic audiences in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. She has served on numerous architect selection committees and awards juries, and was awarded the inaugural Vision in Design Award from the Branch Museum of Architecture and the Washington Architecture Foundation’s John Wiebenson Award for work dedicated to the public interest.