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Will and Nan Clarkson Visiting Chair

Will and Nan Clarkson

For over 20 years, Will and Nan Clarkson have generously supported the Clarkson Chair program, which invites distinguished scholars and professionals to campus for lectures and seminars that engage students, faculty, practitioners and members of the public in knowledge-sharing, scholarship and debate on critical issues in architecture, planning and design. 

The Clarkson Visiting Chair is an endowed visiting position awarded semiannually to a distinguished scholar or professional in the disciplines of architecture, planning and design. This award is in recognition of excellence in the pursuit of scholarship and professional application within these disciplines.

Clarkson Chair in Architecture (spring 2016)


Clarkson Chair in Planning (fall 2015)

Todd Swanstrom, Ph.D.

Todd Swanstrom is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, with doctorate from Princeton University. He specializes in urban politics and public policy.  He is an award winning scholar and “deep” thinker on urban issues.  In 2011 he published a co-edited volume, Justice and the American Metropolis (University of Minnesota Press), which develops the idea of “think injustice.”  His co-authored book, Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century (University Press of Kansas) is must reading for anyone concerned about metropolitan inequality. 

His provocative essays on Ferguson moved the discussion beyond the shooting of Michael Brown to the tangled web of injustice and structural racist that led to that deadly encounter. He is presently doing research on neighborhood dynamics in weak market metros and the causes and effects of high levels of involuntary residential mobility.

This award winning scholar also views the world through the lens of practice. He worked as a neighborhood planner in Cleveland and as the Director of Strategic Planning for the City of Albany, NY.  In St. Louis, he assisted in the support of a network of community development corporations (CDCs) and has been working on reforming the community development infrastructure system and raising funding for grassroots neighborhood planning and community projects.

Spring 2014

Previous Clarkson Chairs in Architecture

  • Frank Barkow
  • Guy Nordenson
  • Anne Lacaton
  • Antoine Picon
  • Teddy Cruz
  • Yve-Alain Bois
  • Joan Ockman
  • Michele Addington 
  • Kenneth Frampton
  • Anthony Vidler
  • Glenn Murcutt
  • Peter Zumthor
  • Lars Lerup
  • Mark Wigley
  • Sanford Kwinter
  • K. Michael Hayes
  • Daniel Hoffman
  • M. Christine Boyer
  • Alberto Pérez-Gómez
  • Marco Frascari

Previous Clarkson Chairs in Planning

  • Emily Talen
  • Lewis Hopkins
  • Edward Blakely
  • Thomas Daniels
  • Philip Berke
  • Donald Shoup
  • Michael Teitz
  • Michael Greenberg
  • Michael Batty
  • Lawrence Frank
  • Peter Dreier
  • Michael Kwartler
  • Gerrit-Jan Knaap
  • Alan Artibise
  • Andrew Isserman
  • Michael Storper
  • Robert Yaro
  • Patsy Healey
  • John Forester