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Susan Piedmont-Palladino



Susan Piedmont-Palladino is an architect, a curator at the National Building Museum, and the Director of Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), where she also directs the urban design program. She is the author of several books, including companion books for exhibitions she curated. She curated the Intelligent Cities initiative at the National Building Museum, a multi-phase exploration of the intersection of information and communication technologies on cities; its companion book was published in December 2011. Her forthcoming book, How Drawings Work: A User-Friendly Theory, will be published in late 2017. She has lectured to public, professional, and academic audiences in the US, Europe and Latin America. She has been on several architecture selection committees and on numerous design awards juries. A former president of Architect/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, she also served on the board of the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED), and consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.  In 2015 she received the John Wiebenson “Wieb” Award for Architecture in the Public Interest from the Washington Architecture Foundation.

Selected Publications

How Drawings Work: A User-Friendly Theory
By: Susan C. Piedmont-Palladino
Publisher: Routledge, 2019.

Devil’s Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture, co-author Mark Alden Branch, Princeton Architectural Press

Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Princeton Architectural Press

Green Community, co-author Tim Mennel, American Planning Association

Intelligent CitiesNational Building Museum