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Winifred Elysse Newman, Ph.D., joins the faculty of the School of Architecture as a professor and Homer Curtis Mickel and Leona Carter Mickel Endowed Chair in Architecture, and director of the Clemson University Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments (CU-IMSE).

Dr. Newman received her Ph.D., Master of Philosophy and M.Arch. from Harvard University, following three undergraduate degrees, (B.S., B.Arch. and BFA) from the University of Texas at Austin. During the decade prior to beginning her graduate studies, Elysse practiced architecture for a number of respected firms as a designer and senior designer. Since 2004, she has continued to practice as a principal and co-founder of FieldOffice LLC. Her first academic appointment was as a lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by visiting professor appointments at University of Tennessee and Washington University; teaching fellow and instructor appointments at Harvard; associate professor at Florida International University; and professor and head of architecture at University of Arkansas.

Newman concentrates on spatial perception in architecture, ecological psychology and neuroaesthetics, with active research including the following:

  • Neuroscience and architecture: Designing built environments for patients with multi-sensory problems and cognitive disabilities, encompassing the design of assistive devices and adaptive technologies;
  • Education and learning environments: Developing new STEM teaching and learning models by integrating architecture, engineering and construction disciplinary content;
  • Urban environment studies: Focusing on identity formation and social perceptions of place; and
  • Data visualization and mapping: Utilizing tools that aid in the understanding of context for environmental studies and spatial configurations.

Her work has received funding from the NSF, FIU, the Graham Foundation and others.

Newman was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin with additional fellowships from the Harvard faculty of arts and sciences.

We welcome Dr. Newman to Clemson and the School of Architecture.