Frederick R. Steiner was the dean of the School of Architecture and the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin from 2001 to 2016. He previously taught at the following institutions: Arizona State University, Washington State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a visiting professor of landscape architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Dean Steiner was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at Wageningen University, The Netherlands and a Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation at the American Academy in Rome. During 2013-2014, he was the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
Dean Steiner is a presidential appointee to the national board of the American Institute of Architects and is on the Urban Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. Previously he served as president of the Hill Country Conservancy (a local land trust) as well as in various capacities on the boards of Envision Central Texas and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. He worked on the Austin Comprehensive Plan (Imagine Austin) and on the campus plan for The University of Texas at Austin. He chairs the university’s campus planning committee.
Dean Steiner earned a Master of Community Planning and a B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. and M.A. in city and regional planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Dean Steiner also received an honorary M.Phil. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic.
Selected Books:
Frederick Steiner, George Thompson, and Armando Carbonell, editors. Nature and Cities (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, forthcoming 2016).
Danilo Palazzo and Frederick Steiner. Urban Ecological Design (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2011).
Frederick Steiner. Design for a Vulnerable Planet (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture) (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011).
Frederick Steiner. The Living Landscape: An Ecological Approach to Landscape Planning (second edition) (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2008).
Frederick Steiner and Kent Butler, editors. Planning and Urban Design Standards, Student Edition (Ramsey/Sleeper Architectural Graphic Standards Series) (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2006).
Frederick Steiner, editor. The Essential Ian McHarg: Writings on Design and Nature (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2006).
Frederick Steiner. Human Ecology: Following Nature’s Lead (foreword by Richard T.T. Forman) (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2002) (Paperback edition forthcoming, 2016).
Ian L. McHarg and Frederick Steiner, editors. To Heal the Earth: Selected Writings of Ian L. McHarg (foreword by Robert Yaro) (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1998).
George Thompson and Frederick Steiner, editors. Ecological Design and Planning (Center Books on Contemporary Landscape Design) (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997).
Frederick Steiner. The Living Landscape (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991, translated into Italian by Maria Cristina Treu and Danilo Palazzo, Costruire il paesaggio: Un approccio ecologico alla pianificazione del territorio; second English edition, 2000; first Chinese edition, 2004; second Italian edition, 2004; paperback edition, 2008, Island Press).


  • Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning) University of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • M.A. (City and Regional Planning) University of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • M.R.P. (Regional Planning) University of Pennsylvania, 1977
  • M.C.P. (Community Planning) University of Cincinnati, 1975
  • B.S.D. (Graphic Design) University of Cincinnati, 1972
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