Dean Nan Ellin

Nan Ellin

Dean and Professor
  • Planning and Design Department (CAP)
  • Provost's Office

Email Address: nan.ellin@ucdenver.edu

Nan Ellin is Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at the University of Colorado Denver and holds a PhD from Columbia University in Planning with a concentration in Urban Design. Ellin’s research, creative work, teaching, community engagement, and administrative activities aim to transform contemporary challenges into opportunities for promoting urban, environmental, community, and institutional health and well-being. Her six books and numerous articles and essays are widely cited and
translated into thirteen languages, and she has been recognized for her research and creative work through awards and speaking engagements worldwide. Ellin’s work bridges disciplines and professions, theory and practice, the classroom and community, and academic and general audiences.

Before joining the University of Colorado Denver, Ellin served as Founding Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington where she oversaw the unification of two schools into one college by engaging faculty and students to craft a mission, vision, academic structure, strategic plan, and sixteen initiatives to achieve the goals. Within two years, eighty percent of the initiatives were implemented including a $1.5 million building renovation, the official launch of the new college in October 2015, a highly successful new Design Build program called Parallel Construction, growth in enrollments and graduation rates, creation of an alumni chapter, a new website, a significant increase in philanthropic giving, and exponential growth in sponsored research.

Ellin previously served as Chair of the Department of Planning at the University of Utah, Planning Program Director at Arizona State University (ASU), Director of the Urban and Metropolitan Studies Program at ASU, and Director of the PhD Program in Environmental Design and Planning in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at ASU. She has held faculty positions at New York University, University of Southern California, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Cincinnati, ASU, and
University of Utah.

Areas of Expertise

Founding Dean, College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs (CAPPA), The University of Texas at Arlington, January 2015 – June 2017.

Executive Director, Institute of Urban Studies (IUS), CAPPA, The University of Texas at Arlington, January 2015 – June 2017.

Professor of Urban Design, CAPPA, The University of Texas at Arlington, January 2015 – June 2017.

Nan Ellin 2 Professor and Chair, Department of Planning, College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah, July 2010 – December 2014.

Leadership Fellow, University Strategic Planning, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, June – December 2014.

Planning Program Director, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, ASU, 2009 - 10.

Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Design, ASU, 2009 - 10.

Co-Director, Center for Urbanism, ASU, January - July 2010.

Faculty Affiliate, School of Sustainability, ASU, 2005 - 10.

Director, Urban & Metropolitan Studies Program, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Programs, ASU, August 2006 - June 2009.

Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, ASU, August 2006 - June 2009.

Director, PhD Program in Environmental Design & Planning, College of Design, ASU, 2005 - 6.

Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, ASU, 2000 - 6.

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, College of Design, ASU, January 1998 - March 2000.

Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, January 1996 - December 1997.

Faculty Member, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), 1993 - 95.

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, School of Urban and Regional Planning, 1991 - 92.

Associate, Committee on Theory and Culture, New York University, 1987 - 91.

Instructor, New York University, Metropolitan Studies Program, 1987 - 91.

Affiliated Scholar, Centre de Recherche sur L’Habitat, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France, 1986 - 87.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Planning with concentration in Urban Design, Columbia University, 1994. Dissertation: “In Search of a Usable Past: Urban Design in a French New Town.”
  • MPhil, Planning, Columbia University, 1985. Thesis: “Ricardo Bofill’s Neo-Classical Public Housing in France.”
  • MA, Anthropology, Columbia University, 1983.
    BA, Anthropology and Hispanic Studies, Bryn Mawr College, 1981.

Resumes/CV:

Awards

Delegate, Meeting of the Minds, September 30 – October 2, 2014, Detroit: Convening 375 leaders from 15 countries to discuss urban sustainability and connecting technologies.

LDSSA (Latter Day Saints Student Association) Excellence in Education Recognition, May 22, 2014.

Honors Professorship, University of Utah, 2011 - 12.

President’s Award for Sustainability, “The Future of Phoenix – Crafting Sustainable Development Strategies,” ASU, March 2011.

APA – Arizona Honorable Mention, Canalscape Workshop, November 2010.

Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project Designation and Award for Canalscape, Governor’s Centennial Commission, November 2009.

Green Phoenix Designation for Canalscape, Phoenix Mayor Gordon, 2009.

Contemporary Catalyst Award Nominee, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009.

Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Award of Merit - Environmental education category for Making Sustainable Communities Happen, 2008.

Contemporary Catalyst Award Nominee, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008.

Power Player Award, from the Phoenix Business Journal to “the Valley's most influential Power Players for their leadership, professionalism and dedication to our community,” 2007.

Distinguished Research Award, School of Public Affairs, ASU, 2007.

President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness, New American City Exhibition, ASU, 2007.

Contemporary Catalyst Award Nominee, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006.

Arizona Governor’s Arts Award Nominee, Individual Category, 2006.

Outstanding Service Award, Shade Projects, Phoenix, AZ, 2004.

ASU University Service Award, 2003.

Contribution to Town Planning Award, Republics of former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Macedonia) for Postmoderni Urbanizam (Postmodern Urbanism), 2002.

Faculty Achievement Award, University of Cincinnati, 1997.

Meritorious Performance in Research Award, University of Cincinnati, 1997.