Ellen Dunham-Jones

Architect
Ellen Dunham-Jones takes an unblinking look at our underperforming suburbs — and proposes plans for making them livable and sustainable.

Why you should listen

Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an award-winning architect and a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She shows how design of where we live impacts some of the most pressing issues of our times -- reducing our ecological footprint and energy consumption while improving our health and communities and providing living options for all ages.

Dunham-Jones is widely recognized as a leader in finding solutions for aging suburbs. She is the co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. She and co-author June Williamson share more than 50 case studies across North America of "underperforming asphalt properties" that have been redesigned and redeveloped into walkable, sustainable vital centers of community—libraries, city halls, town centers, schools and more.

What others say

“Ellen Dunham-Jones helps provide evidence the new administration needs to put together a broad spectrum program that will create jobs, improve quality of life for all, and energy independence.” — Metropolis

Ellen Dunham-Jones’ TED talk

Quotes from Ellen Dunham-Jones

From the perspective of climate change, the average urban dweller in the U.S. has about one-third the carbon footprint of the average suburban dweller.
Ellen Dunham-Jones
TEDxAtlanta • 518K views Jun 2010
Informative, Persuasive