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Phoebe Crisman

Professor
Director, Global Studies
Director, Global Environments + Sustainability
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 414
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University, 1991
Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon, 1984
Biography

Phoebe Crisman AIA is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where she teaches design studios and lectures on architectural theory, urbanism and sustainability. Crisman is Director of the pan-university Global Studies program and the Global Environments + Sustainability concentration. Crisman was Associate Dean for Research and International Initiatives for the School of Architecture from 2009-2012. During that time, she co-founded and co-directed the UVA India Initiative. In 2014-2015 she was a Richard D. Donchian Fellow in Ethics at the Institute of Practical Ethics and Public Life.

Educated at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Carnegie Mellon University, Crisman conducted post-graduate research as a Fulbright Fellow in the Netherlands. A licensed architect and urbanist with over thirty years of professional experience, she practiced with firms in Chicago, Cambridge and Hong Kong prior to establishing Crisman+Petrus Architects. Her professional work, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the Discovery Museum and Urban Bridges, has been widely published and has received numerous design awards.

In her teaching, research and practice, Crisman focuses on the design of sustainable relationships between specific cultures and built environments. Working in overlooked places and with people underserved by design, she has developed a model of engaged design research to test abstract ideas and create more sustainable communities. Agency through architecture and the critical engagement of complex social and ethical considerations are crucial to this work. Employing ecological and cultural sustainability strategies across multiple scales, she investigates complex relationships between human inhabitation, environmental restoration, and sustainability education. Crisman has extended this research to the international context through her India Initiative research and teaching, which focuses on the specific challenges and opportunities found in the emerging megacities and enduring villages of the Indian subcontinent. This research works across scales from the city to the architectural detail. One aspect of her work engages fragmentary and overlooked places, processes and materials.

CONC 200: Sustainable Business
Learning through the lens of social, environmental and fiscal responsibility, students advance skills, develop an understanding of fundamental challenges, and identify the business opportunities that spring from our sustainability crisis. Topics include, but are not limited to, sustainable design, strategy for sustainability, energy and climate change, and social marketing.
GSVS 2150: Global Sustainability
Credits: 3
This integrated and interdisciplinary course provides foundational knowledge on the multifaceted aspects of both problems and solutions related to sustainability, and challenges participants to deepen their understanding of global sustainability issues through a real-world, collaborative Think Global/ Act Local project.
INST 2500: Interdisciplinary Studies International Residential College
Credits: 1–3
Individual faculty and advanced graduate students may teach these courses with the approval of the Dean's Office, which acts for the Committee on Education Policy and the Curriculum. A maximum of 3.0 credits count toward the B.A. or B.S. in the College. INST courses count as non-College credits.
ARCH 3010: Research Studio I
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 2020
GSVS 3110: Sustainable Communities
Credits: 3
This seminar investigates the principles of sustainable community development--environmental quality, economic health, and social equity--as reflected in buildings, rural landscapes, towns, and cities. Through case studies, class activities and site visits, we will examine how communities impact and improve basic environmental-quality variables such as air and water quality, food supply, mobility, energy, and sense of place.
ARCH 3500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 3
Topical offerings in architecture.
ZFOR 3501: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
GSVS 3559: New Course in Global Environments and Sustainability
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Environments and Sustainability, in Global Studies.
GSGS 3559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
COMM 3880: Global Sustainability
Credits: 3
This interdisciplinary course will explore the complex choices in environmental policy and management by examining and integrating three relevant perspectives: environmental science, ethics and economics. Environmental science provides a basic understanding of the impacts of human activities on the environment. Economic analysis focuses on the relevant benefits and costs. Ethics addresses the conflicts of values involved in decisions about the environment. The balancing of environmental and economic costs and benefits, coupled with human beliefs about what is 'right' or 'wrong,' is at the heart of the environmental decision-making process. The process is complex because it involves a diverse set of stakeholders with differing perspectives and objectives. A case study approach will be used to examine the wide range of scientific, historical, cultural, ethical and legal dimensions of environmental issues.
ARCH 4010: Research Studio II
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
GSVS 4991: Capstone Seminar in Global Studies Environments and Sustainability
Credits: 3
This course is the required Capstone Seminar in the Global Environments and Sustainability track of Global Studies
ARCH 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
GSVS 4993: Independent Study in Environments and Sustainability
Credits: 1–6
This course is an independent study to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty.
ARCH 5150: Global Sustainability
Credits: 3
Earth's ecosystems are unraveling at an unprecedented rate, threatening human wellbeing & posing substantial challenges to contemporary society. Designing sustainable practices, institutions, & technologies for a resource-constrained world is our greatest challenge. This integrated and interdisciplinary course prepares students to understand,innovate & lead the efforts necessary to engage in this task. Graduate course will have additional course requirements.
ARCH 5401: Drawing Venice
Credits: 3
This course will focus on the analysis of urban space and flows, with a focus on the development of representational techniques that investigate the relationship between urban form and urban life. The course will engage a range of media, from hand drawing through digital mapping, photography and film. The students will be expected to develop a capacity to diagram both static and dynamic conditions that structure the urban experience.
ARCH 5500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
SARC 5993: Independent Study: School of Architecture
Credits: 1–4
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ALAR 7010: Research Studio 1
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or LAR 6020.
ARCH 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 2
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
ALAR 8020: Design Development Studio
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Typical projects include brownfields, urban landscape infrastructure, and sustainable designs. Prerequisite: ARCH 8010 or LAR 8010
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ARCH 8801: Research Experience
Credits: 3
Student will engage with faculty on selected topics in Architecture Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor