Director, Center for American Architecture and Design

Director, Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

Hal Box Endowed Chair in Urbanism
Distinguished Professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
Hal Box Chair in Urbanism
Director, Center for American Architecture and Design (CAAD)

Michael Benediktis the Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design (CAAD) at the University of Texas at
Austin, where he holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism and teaches design studio and architectural theory. He is a
graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and of Yale University.

Although he has worked in a medium-sized firm and run a small architectural practice of his own, he is better known for his
teaching and writing. His books include For an Architecture of Reality (1987), Deconstructing the Kimbell (1991), Cyberspace: First Steps (1991), Value (1997) and Value 2 (1998), Shelter: The 2000 Raoul Wallenberg Lecture (2001), God Is the Good We Do (2007), and God, Creativity, and Evolution: The Argument from Design(ers) (2008). His most reccent book, Architecture Beyond Experience, will appear in March 2020.

He is the Executive Editor of the multi-award-winning book series CENTER: Architecture and Design in America, with
recent volumes such as On Landscape Urbanism(2007), Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas (2012), Space +
(2013), Music In Architecture/Architecture in Music (2014), Curtains (2014), and The Secret Life of Buildings (2018).

A selection of his writings can be found at mbenedikt dot com. For CAAD publications under his directorship and editorship, see soa dot utexas dot edu slash caad.

Courses taught:
Vertical Design Studio
Advanced Design Studio
Design 2 Theory
Theory III (ARC 386M)



  • B.Arch., Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1971
  • M.E.D., Yale University, 1975
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  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Theory
  • Philosophy, Art, Science, Media
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