Lynn Paxson

University Professor, Architecture

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-4026
Office: 490 Design

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011


BEnvironmental Design, University of Colorado, with special honors, 1978
BA, University of Colorado, with distinction, 1978
MA, Hunter College, 1981
MPhil, City University of New York, 1982
PhD, City University of New York, 2007

Research Interests

Design as a material and cultural product (the interaction of the social/cultural and physical environment); alternative viewpoints/cultures/histories of architecture--particularly Native Americans/American Indians or First Nations; publicness and public space focusing on social/cultural aspects of the regulation of environments and contestation (demonstration and celebration) with a strong orientation to fringe and marginalized--users, uses, ways of making, etc.; housing (including homelessness); urban design; community/neighborhood issues; environmental and social change (including environmental justice, democracy, participation, advocacy, and sustainability/energy use/green architecture issues); space programming; post-occupancy evaluation; facilities management and strategic planning