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wortham-galvinDr. B.D. Wortham-Galvin is Director of the Master of Resilient Urban Design Program and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Clemson University. Her research focuses on how theories of cultural sustainability and the everyday can be applied to the design and stewardship of an adaptable built environment with a particular focus on how tactics can become strategies and on those people and places left out of traditional design and development decisions. She works with local and national communities on issues of equity and resilience in managing change in rural, suburban, and urban places; and the Daily Journal of Commerce name her one of Oregon’s Women of Vision for 2015 based on this work. This type of resilient community-based focus won the 2009 Outstanding Project of the Year Award from the Chesapeake County Heritage Area Program for work on Maryland’s Eastern Shore by her former non-profit Urban Dialogues. In addition, as a member of the Maryland Urban Research Studio, she helped lead the team in their award winning, invited, competition entry “Ground/Works” for The History’s Channel’s, The City of the Future Challenge. She has been published in journals such as Footprint, Architecture and Culture, Places, JAE, Powerlines, GAM, Dialectic, International Journal of Interior Architecture, and fishwrap. She led students in a design-build to create downtown Portland's first public parklet as well as an NEA Artworks funded tactical design-build: the Pop Up Porch. She is also the lead editor of the book series, Sustainable Solutions (Greenleaf 2016).

Dr. Wortham-Galvin teaches on a wide variety of subjects including urban, cultural and architectural history and theory, the everyday American built environment, and a variety of studios with a focus on community based design, urban design, design-build and adaptive reuse. She has received teaching, mentor and fellowship awards to include being named a Fellow to the National Society of Collegiate Scholarship, a Fellow for the Institute of Small Town Studies, cited in Who's Who in Teaching, awarded the Martin Fellow for Sustainability and the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, and recently selected as one of five courses for the 2030 Curriculum Project that honors innovative models for transforming the way sustainable design is taught.

Prior to her appointment to the faculties of Clemson University, she was promoted to an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University where she was a founding faculty fellow who helped establish the Center for Public Interest Design, as well as a faculty fellow with the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and BUILT (Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching). She also developed the history and theory curriculum for their newly accredited two and three year graduate programs as well as revise the ceritifcate in urban design.  Dr. Wortham-Galvin began her career as an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland teaching with a duel appointment in Architecture and Historic Preservation, teaching in all four programs of the School: architecture, historic preservation, planning, and real estate development. Dr. Wortham-Galvin holds degrees in American Civilization, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Architecture, and History/Theory of Art and Architecture from Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, and MIT.

For more information on the program contact Dr. Wortham-Galvin at or 843-723-1747