Thomas A. Dutton is Cincinnati Professor of Community Engagement (2009) of architecture and interior design at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is founder and director of Miami University’s Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine (2002), which offers opportunities for faculty, student, and community learning in that Cincinnati neighborhood. He has been active in the Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement for thirty-five years. His students, through the Over-the-Rhine Design/Build Studio, have designed and rehabilitated housing for low- and moderate-income people there since 1996. The Over-the-Rhine Residency Program, where 12 – 18 students live and work full-time and take a full academic load in the neighborhood, began in Fall 2006 and continues today.
He is co-editor (with Lian Hurst Mann) of Reconstructing Architecture: Critical Discourses and Social Practices(University of Minnesota Press, 1996) and editor of Voices in Architectural Education: Cultural Politics and Pedagogy (South Hadley, MA.: Bergin and Garvey, 1991). He has published in the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), Designer/Builder, Shelterforce,Rethinking Marxism, The Black Scholar, The Nation, Z Magazine, and on the news service Truth-out.org. In 2009 Dutton was awarded the National Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award by Campus Compact. In 2012 the Over-the-Rhine Residency Program was a finalist for the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. In 2014 the Over-the-Rhine Residency Program and the Miami University Urban Teaching Cohort Program received the Nicholas Michelli Award (with Professor Tammy Schwartz) for Promoting Social Justice from the National Network for Educational Renewal.