Betsy West

Architecture|Honors
Associate Professor, Architecture
Storrs 225
704-687-0133

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Betsy West is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and practiced professionally with several firms including The Freelon Group before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in 1998. She is a licensed architect in North Carolina.

Her scholarship and teaching focus on the relationship of architecture to its context, issues of diversity in the profession, and humanitarian design processes and projects. Her work in these realms explores the physical, cultural, historic, political, pragmatic and poetic aspects of design as they combine to create varied conditions of wastelands, borderlands and homelands.

She has taught graduate and undergraduate studios across the curriculum and has developed a number of seminars including Humanitarian Design: Small-Scale Mediation in a Big-Scale World; Wastelands Borderlands Homelands; and Everything Reverberates: Ernest Hemingway, Edward Hopper, Louis Kahn. She has also taught numerous courses focused on writing in the discipline.

Most recently she organized the 2020-21 School of Architecture lecture series which focused on diversity in architecture through the work of contemporary practitioners and educators and is currently working on a publication devoted to that series.

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