Title: Architectural Educator
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Linda Groat, Architectural Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architectural education.
Dr. Groat’s initial attraction to the architectural discipline was based on her love of aesthetics and aesthetic philosophy. Over time, she also became active and committed to the consideration of how the broader cultural context—especially including many significant social and environmental issues of the time– impacts the practice of architecture. This perspective on architecture was a motivating force in her professional work, as well as her research and teaching. Dr. Groat first earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in 1968 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Yale University in 1969.
After receiving an MFA in 1972 from California Institute of the Arts, she moved to the Bay Area where she worked as a designer for McCue Boone Tomsick Architects; and later, after receiving a MSc in environmental psychology from the University of Surrey (G.B.) in 1979, she worked as a research consultant for Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects. She was an early and active member of the Organization of Women Architects in the Bay Area. She later translated this commitment to promoting the advancement of women architects into her teaching, research, and administrative work on the experience of women and minority faculty and students in architecture. In 1980, she began her teaching career at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, where she achieved tenure in 1987; during which time she also received her PhD from the University of Surrey. In 1987, she was appointed Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, becoming a full professor in 1999, and a professor of architecture and women’s studies in 2001.
Dr. Groat’s research has been published widely in both professional and academic journals. Her co-authored book, Architectural Research Methods (Wiley, 2002, 2nd edition 2013) has been translated into Chinese and Persian. She has contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes and has also published an edited book, Giving Places Meaning (1995), and is currently at work on a co-edited book, Games in Architecture in Architecture and Urban Planning: tools for design, teaching and research (Routledge, 2019).
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