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Professor of Architecture | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

President | ACSA

Lynne M. Dearborn


Lynne M. Dearborn is Professor of Architecture, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work addresses the intersection of environmental design, policy, and health. Through her research, studio teaching, and service, she seeks to identify and ameliorate inequitable and adverse environmental conditions experienced by marginalized groups. She is the author of numerous publications addressing social justice and equity among minority peoples, engaging physical, social, economic, and political aspects of the environment to address human health and well-being. She leads an interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students exploring how designed environments can lead to healthier outcomes for vulnerable populations. She currently serves as the Chair of the Illinois School of Architecture’s Health and Wellbeing Program and has developed a set of courses and studios that expose students to principles of human-centric design and health and well-being research from their freshman year through the school’s professional MARCH and post-professional MS and PhD programs. She earned a B.Arch at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.Arch from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Lynne became president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in July 2020.