Susan T. Rodriguez FAIA

Susan T. Rodriguez FAIA

Susan T Rodriguez

As architects, we have an important responsibility to translate knowledge into built reality: to address issues of contemporary society, effect change, inspire and improve the quality of daily life.

My work has provided incredible opportunities to learn and experience so much about the world. As architects, we have an important responsibility to translate that knowledge into built reality: to address issues of contemporary society, effect change, inspire and improve the quality of daily life. I am profoundly interested in the power of architecture to affect one’s daily activities and capture one’s imagination, to shape experience and memory by employing innovative methods to develop and compose materials, spaces and systems. Design must operate at all scales. It’s not always about making a bold statement but can be about making subtle connections, solving a complex organizational problem or exploring the use of a new recycled material. Powerful design operates in visible and invisible ways.

Featured Work

Susan Rodriguez is a Design Partner in Ennead Architects. Ms. Rodriguez, together with her Design Partners, sets the design standards for the firm as well as charts its future direction. Her award-winning work for educational, cultural and civic institutions is recognized internationally for architectural excellence. Through her work she seeks to create an architecture fused with its surroundings and inspired by its program. As an extension of her professional work, Ms. Rodriguez actively promotes the importance of design in the public realm, serving on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and Art Works Projects: for Human Rights. She lectures frequently on her work and has taught numerous design studios at Cornell, Columbia and City College. Ms. Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning and a Masters degree in building science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Architecture. She is a national peer for the General Services Administration and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Work

Museums

Higher Education

K-12

Civic

Performing Arts

Laboratories

Hospitality & Residential

Planning

  • 2015
    • Sidwell Friends School, Unified Campus Plan, Washington, D.C.
  • 2008-2012
  • 2007
    • Cathedral School of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Master Plan, New York, NY
  • 2007
    • Columbia University, Academic and Residential Complex, New York, NY
  • 2005
    • Brandeis University, Safra Center for the Arts Programming/Planning Study, Waltham, MA
  • 2004
    • Harvard University, Anthropology Department and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Collections Building Programming / Planning Study, Cambridge, MA
  • 2002
    • The Hispanic Society Museum Programming/Feasibility Study, New York, NY
  • 2001
    • The New York Botanical Garden, Landscape and Architecture Master Plan, Bronx, NY
  • 1999
    • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Preservation and Site Improvement Plan, New York, NY
  • 1994
    • Central Park Children’s Zoo Master Plan, New York, NY
  • 1988
    • Hastings-on-Hudson Riverfront Development Master Plan, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Ennead Lab

Experience

Education

  • 1985
    • Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design
  • 1982
    • Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Experience

  • 1985-present
    • Ennead Architects
  • 1983-1984
    • Shope Reno Wharton Associates
  • 1982-1983
    • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Academic Appointments

  • Visiting Critic, 2016, 2010, 2007, 1996
    • Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning
  • Visiting Critic, 2003, 1990, 1992
    • Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Visiting Critic, 1988-1991
    • CUNY City College, School of Architecture and Environmental Studies
  • Visiting Juror, 1983-present
    • Boston Architectural Center, City College, Columbia University, Cornell University, North Carolina State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University

Professional Affiliations

  • 2013-present
    • Cornell University, Board of Trustees
  • 2000-present, Co-chair: 2005-2010
    • College of Architecture, Art and Planning Dean’s Advisory Council
  • 2008-2016
    • President’s Council for Cornell Women
  • 2013-present
    • Collegiate School, Board of Trustees
  • 2009-present
    • Chewonki Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • 1999-present, Board of Directors: 1999-present, Vice President for Architecture: 2002-2006, Executive Committee: 2002-present
    • The Architectural League of New York
  • 2008-present
    • General Services Administration National Peer
  • Board of Directors: 2006-2016, Advisory Board: 2016-present
    • Artworks Projects: Art and Design for Human Rights
  • 2004
    • College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects

Registrations

Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, NCARB