Dennis McFadden was educated at the University of Southern California and Princeton University, where he received a Master of Architecture degree in 1977. He has 3 years of studio
teaching experience at Cal Poly Pomona and one year at the University of Southern California. Throughout his professional career, he has served as a visiting critic at Woodbury University, UCLA, Sci-Arc, USC, and Cal Poly Pomona.
Mr. McFadden’s professional work of the last 27 years has focused primarily on the design of public institutions. As a design partner for 15 years in the Los Angeles firm CO Architects (previously Anshen+Allen, Los Angeles), he was responsible for the design of 12 projects on five different University of California campuses as well as on a number of other public and private University, College and healthcare campuses. His experience also includes the design of hospitals, courthouses, high schools and multi-family housing.
His work has been published in Architecture magazine, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, and the Italian publication L’Arca and has received over 30 design awards, including a National AIA Honor Award for the College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Mr. McFadden has served as a juror on a number design award panels and has been a member of the Design Review Committee at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2006. He was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2008. Given his extensive experience with architectural projects at a variety of scales and the many awards he has received for his design work, Mr. McFadden is well equipped to teach design studios, topic studios, and the senior project public building track, which he will be leading.