Ellen M. Bassett chosen as Dean of the College of Design
After national research, Ellen M. Bassett has been selected as President of Dean John Portman of Georgia Tech’s College of Design, effective January 1, 2022.
Ellen M. Bassett is the John Portman Dean Chair at Georgia Tech’s College of Design, effective January 1, 2022.
After nationwide research, Ellen M. Bassett was selected as Dean John Portman Chair of Georgia Tech’s College of Design. Bassett is currently Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She is also the director of the school’s certificate program in real estate design and development. Previously, she served as Chair of the Urban and Environmental Planning Department, where she oversaw curriculum reviews, developed a real estate certificate program, and guided the department through two re-accreditation processes. She will assume her leadership role at Georgia Tech on January 1, 2022.
Prior to the University of Virginia, she was a faculty member at Portland State University, where she taught for five years in an Urban Studies program. Prior to joining the State of Portland, she taught in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University.
“In addition to her expertise in her field, Ellen Bassett demonstrates a vision and inclusive leadership style that will serve Georgia Tech well,” said Steven W. McLaughlin, President and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. “She brings a global perspective to her research, teaching and community engagement, and we look forward to her administrative leadership at Tech.”
Bassett holds both doctorates. and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, as well as a master’s degree in history, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
His areas of interest and scientific expertise are land use planning and environmental law, climate change adaptation and mitigation planning, as well as land rights and urban deprivation in urban areas. rapidly growing cities in southern countries. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals in urban planning, urban studies and international development. Bassett has researched and published with various colleagues in fields such as law, economics, landscape architecture, nutrition, environmental science, and public health. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the University of Virginia Environmental Resilience Institute, Principal Investigator on a Negative Carbon Emissions / Climate Restoration Project for the State of Virginia, and Head of a CoLab examining adaptation to change. climate in urban Kenya.
Bassett has a deep commitment to international engagement, scholarship and teaching. She was a Fulbright Fellow and worked for over a decade in Kenya and Uganda as an urban and environmental planner with international development agencies and environmental conservation non-governmental organizations. She consulted with the World Bank and played a key role working with emerging leaders through the Mandela-Washington Fellowship Program funded by the US Department of State. Bassett is committed to making a real impact on communities and community members, especially vulnerable groups.
“Professor Bassett’s contributions to the School of Architecture and the University of Virginia have been extraordinary,” said Malo A. Hutson, dean of the AVU School of Architecture. “In addition to being a highly respected faculty colleague engaged in impactful research, her active role in university-wide faculty governance demonstrates a rare but powerful asset – the combination of strategic decision-making insightful and spirited advocacy through inclusive leadership. She will be sadly missed, but we are very proud to see her join such an exceptional institution. “
About the College of Design
The College of Design plays a creative and influential role in the Institute’s guiding principle: that technology has the power to improve the human condition. College students, professors and researchers use design to cross academic and cultural boundaries; to improve the daily life of people here in Georgia; and collaborate with communities around the world.
The College of Design covers the disciplines of architecture, building construction, urban and regional planning, industrial design, and music. The College strives to anticipate the future of buildings and cities, develop new products and technologies, and change the way people live and make music. This work builds on the legacy of more than a century of design education at Georgia Tech.
About Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is one of the top 10 public research universities that train leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.
The Institute offers business, computer science, design, engineering, liberal arts, and Sciences degrees. Its nearly 44,000 students, representing 50 states and 149 countries, study at the main Atlanta campus, campuses in France and China, and through distance and online learning.
As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech is an engine of economic development for Georgia, the Southeast, and the country, conducting more than $ 1 billion in research per year for government, industry and the society.