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Lynne Dearborn

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Contact Information

Temple Buell Hall
M/C 621
Champaign, IL 61820
Associate Professor, Associate Director, School of Architecture
Associate Professor, Urban Planning
Co-Director, Action Research.Illinois
Core Faculty, Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices


Lynne Dearborn is an associate professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois where she teaches design and theory courses focused on cultural change and social justice in relation to human settlement patterns. Her research interests include the residential choices of marginalized populations, the built environment and social (in)justice, residential environments of immigrant and minority populations, and healthy, sustainable residential environments. Professor Dearborn also serves as the Associate Director for Graduate Programs and Studies in the School of Architecture and Co-Director of Action Research.Illinois, an outreach and public engagement project in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.



  • BS in Building Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,  1983
  • BARCH, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1983
  • MARCH, University of Oregon, 1994
  • PhD Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2004

Awards and Honors

  • Keynote Speaker, “The Foreclosure Crisis: Ameliorating Local Impacts through Architectural Research,” Leadership in Architectural Research: Between Academia and the Profession, Architectural Research Centers Consortium Research Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2009.
  • Center for Advanced Studies Fellow, University of Illinois, 2007-2008, “Culture, Space, and Globalization: A Comparative Analysis of the Hmong.”
  • New Researcher Award, Architectural Research Centers Consortium, “Financing, Foreclosure and the Residential Environment:  Identifying and Remediating Housing Deficits for Low-income Homeowners,” 2007.
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications Faculty Fellow, Universityof Illinois, 2006-2007, “Comparative Urban Design Changes Generated by Planning Policy in the 20th and 21st Century.”
  • Dearborn, Lynne & Stallmeyer, John. Finalists, Point of View: Sustainable Conflict Resolution Center at Mason’s Neck, VA. Juried international design competition sponsored by George Mason University Center for Conflict Resolution. Selected from a field of over 50 submissions, May 2005.
  • Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois, 2005-2006, “Daring to Reach for the American Dream: Judging equity in home-buying processes and outcomes for low/moderate-income non-white Americans.”
  • Dearborn, Lynne; Harwood, Stacy & Lawson, Laura. Education Honors Award, American Institute of Architects, “Envisioning the Future in the South End Neighborhood,” East St. Louis Neighborhood Design Workshop, 2004.
  • Architecture for Social Justice Award, Adaptive Environments, “Studio VII Returning Home:  Integrated Elderly Housing in the South End Neighborhood of East St. Louis, Illinois,” 2004.
  • First Place Award (paper category), Environmental Design Research Association, “From Our House to Their House:  Suggestions for Considering Cultural Impact of Immigration on Residential Design and Development in the United States,” 2001.
  • HUD Dissertation Fellowship, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, 2000-2001.
  • Award for Excellence in Community-Based Design, Design Corps, Pickford Affordable Housing, 1993.