The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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Barbara Brown Wilson

Director, Center for Sustainable Development
Assistant Professor


WMB 4.122A | office
+1 512 471 2709 | phone
+1 512 471 0716 | fax

The University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive Stop B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009


B.A., University of North Carolina, 2002
M.A., University of Texas, Austin, 2005
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2010

areas of interest

Value-based building regulations; greening affordable housing; urban social movements; history of sustainable development

Barbara Brown Wilson is currently an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning and Sustainable Development in the School of Architecture at UT Austin. She is also the Director of the School's Center for Sustainable Development. Brown Wilson holds a PhD in Community and Regional Planning and a masters in architectural history, and this urban historical perspective informs both her teaching and her research. She teaches courses on urban planning history and theory, the ethics of sustainable development, affordable housing, sustainable community development, and urban social movements. Her current research includes an action-oriented research project extending the work of the Alley Flat Initiative to develop integrated codes for green, affordable infill development in Austin with Dr. Steven Moore, conducting project evaluation for the Texas Gulf Coast Recovery Rapid Housing Pilot Project, and working with the SEED Network to build an inclusive platform for socially-oriented green building assessment systems.

In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Brown Wilson is also active in service of her academic, professional, and local community. As director of the CSD, Dr. Brown Wilson oversees the Center's research, educational, and community outreach programs, including serving as co-director of the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project – a joint project of the CSD and Hahn, Texas. She also supports the administration of all funded research conducted in the School of Architecture. Her background in organizational development and facilitation informs her work overseeing the many projects underway at the CSD. She was a co-founder of the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC), a nonprofit design center that provides high quality green design and planning services to lower income households and the organizations that serve them, and continues to serve on the board of directors for ACDDC, Design Corps, and the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service. In 2010 Dr. Brown Wilson received the Bank of America Local Hero award for her service in the Austin community.