Thomas Dutton, Emeritus

Tom Dutton1952-2017
In Memoriam: Thomas A. Dutton

Cincinnati Professor of Community Engagement
Chief Departmental Advisor
Director, Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine

Courses Taught (during past two academic years)

ARC 4/505Z Designing/Writing for Social Change
ARC 4/526 Architecture and Society
ARC 4/527 The American City Since 1940
ARC 583 Graduate Design Studio

Educational Credentials

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

Teaching Experience

Miami University, Department of Architecture + Interior Design     

  • Cincinnati Professor of Community Engagement, 2009-2017
  • Professor, 1991-2009
  • Associate Professor, 1984-1991
  • Assistant Professor, 1979-1984
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, 1977-1979

Washington University, School of Architecture, Teaching Assistant, 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.