Professor Michael Benedikt holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism and is the Director of The Center for American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas at Austin, where he’s taught design studio and design theory since 1975.
Professor Benedikt is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and of Yale University. He has practised architecture both in medium-sized firms and on his own, with a number of buildings to his credit in Austin. He is also Executive Editor of the award-winning book series CENTER: Architecture and Design in America.
Professor Benedikt has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University; a Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study Center in Bellagio, Italy; Colin Clipson Fellow at the University of Michigan; and J. L. Constant Professor at the University of Kansas.
He has published over 120 articles in national journals and chapters in edited books, and has delivered over 95 invited lectures in the US and abroad on architectural practice, design theory and research, computing, art, theology, and ethics.