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Susan Piedmont-Palladino, RA

Director, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center

B.A., William & Mary
M.Arch., Virginia Tech


Susan Piedmont-Palladino is an architect, a curator at the National Building Museum, and Director of Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, where she also directs the Urban Design Program. A graduate of Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary, she is the author of several books, including companion books for two exhibitions she curated: Green Community (with Tim Mennell) and Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. With Mark Alden Branch she wrote Devil’s Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture. With the National Building Museum, she curated the Intelligent Cities project and wrote the companion book, which explored the impact of information and communication technologies on cities. Her forthcoming book, How Drawings Work: A User-Friendly Theory, will be published in late 2017.

She has lectured to public, professional, and academic audiences in the US, Europe, and Latin America. A former president of Architect/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, she also served on the board of the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED), and consulted on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. In 2015, she received the John Wiebenson Award for Architecture in the Public Interest from the Washington Architecture Foundation. | (703) 706-3030