Thomas Dutton, Emeritus

Tom Dutton1952-2017
In Memoriam: Thomas A. Dutton
Cincinnati Professor of Community Engagement
Director, Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine


Educational Credentials

Master of Architecture and Urban Design, Washington University, 1977
Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, 1975

Teaching Experience

Cincinnati Professor of Community Engagement, Miami University, 2009-2017
Professor, Miami University, 1991-2009
Associate Professor, Miami University, 1984-1991
Assistant Professor, Miami University, 1979-1984
Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University, 1977-1979
Teaching Assistant, Washington University, 1975-1977  


Professional Experience

Thomas A. Dutton, Architect, 1983-2017


Registered Architect, State of Ohio (License # 7287), February, 1983

Selected Publications, Creative Scholarship, Awards, Grants

Dutton, Thomas A. and Lian Hurst Mann, eds., Reconstructing Architecture: Critical Discourses and Social Practices, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996
Dutton, Thomas A., ed., Voices in Architectural Education: Cultural Politics and Pedagogy, New York: Bergin and Garvey Publishers, Inc., 1991
Dutton, Thomas A., “Engaging the School of Social Life: A Pedagogy Against Oppression,” a book chapter for Activist Architecture: The Philosophy and Practice of the Community Design Center, eds., Dan Pitera and Craig L. Wilkins, an E-Book, accessed at:, April, 2015
Dutton, Thomas A., “Econocide Over-the-Rhine,” posted on, June 8, 2014
Dutton, Thomas A., “The Over-the-Rhine Residency Program,” book chapter in Peter Senge et al, Schools That Learn, 2nd Edition, New York: Random House, 2012
Dutton, Thomas A., “Do You Have A Sign?” posted on, January, 15, 2012
Dutton, Thomas A., “Indian Reservations, Trojan Horses, and Economic Mix,” Designer/Builder Magazine, March/April 2008
Dutton, Thomas A., “Colony Over-the-Rhine,” The Black Scholar v. 37, #3, Fall 2007

Professional Memberships and Service

Member, Board of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Summer 2010 – February 2011
Treasurer, Inter/national Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 1999 – 2001
Associate Editor for Book Reviews, Journal of Architectural Education, 1995-1999
Member, Inter/national Board of the ACSA as East Central Regional Director, 1995-1998
Member, University Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities (elected by the faculty), 1990-93
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Architectural Education, 1989-1994
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Central: Papers On Architecture, 1982-84

Dutton received many awards for his teaching, including the ACSA's Creative Achievement Award (1990) for his sustained contributions to architectural design education and his creative use of the design studio; the Crossan Hays Curry Distinguished Educator Award from Miami University's School of Creative Arts (1996); and more recently he was recognized by the Neighborhood Design Corporation of Cincinnati for the accomplishments of the Over-the-Rhine Design/Build Studio 1999, 2005.

Dutton was also director of Miami University's Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine, which offers opportunities for faculty, student, and community learning in inner-city Cincinnati.He was active in the Over-the-Rhine People's Movement for twenty-four years. He and his students designed and rehabilitated housing for low- and moderate-income people there.