Director, Center for American Architecture and Design
Director, Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies
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.
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. He has published over one hundred articles and book chapters. 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: Theology of Theopraxy(2007), and
God, Creativity, and Evolution: The Argument from Design(ers)(2008). His book-in-progress is titled Architecture Beyond
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 +
Psyche(2013), Music In Architecture(2014),Curtains(2014),Critical Mass(2016), 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.
Vertical Design Studio
Advanced Design Studio
Cocktail Party With Glances
Work by Michael Benedikt
Theory III: Architecture Beyond Experience
- B.Arch., Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1971
- M.E.D., Yale University, 1975
- Architectural Design
- Architectural Theory
- Philosophy, Art, Science, Media