Susan Piedmont-Palladino

Susan Piedmont-Palladino is an architect, professor, and the Director of Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, where she also directs the graduate program in urban design.

She is a curator at the National Building Museum and the author of several books, including Green Community (with Timothy Mennel); Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present; Intelligent Cities; and Devil’s Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture (with Mark Alden Branch). Her upcoming book, How Drawings Work: A User-Friendly Theory, will be published in late 2018.

A graduate of Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary, Susan has lectured widely on American urbanism, sustainability, and contemporary design. She has been on several architecture selection committees, most recently for the District of Columbia Public Libraries, and on numerous design awards juries.  A former president of Architect/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, she has served on the board of the National Academy of Environmental Design and consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. She was awarded the inaugural Vision in Design Award from the Branch Museum of Architecture in 2018, and the Washington Architecture Foundation’s John Wiebenson Award in 2014.