Professor Ryan Madson with students

A faculty of urban design professionals

The urban design professors at SCAD bring years of professional experience and vital industry contacts to the classroom. Our faculty are award-winning artists and sought-after designers at the peak of their field, but their greatest achievement is the success of SCAD students, both within the classroom and beyond.

Program leadership

Christian Sottile, School of Building Arts

Christian Sottile

Dean, School of Building Arts; Design principal, Sottile & Sottile

"The professor should inspire and lead the student into taking on their own responsibility to critically learn, have ownership of their projects and challenge themselves."

Samuel Olin | Architecture, urban design professor

Faculty experience

SCAD professors are dedicated to creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities just for you. Through guest speakers, critiques, portfolio reviews and more, we connect our students with professionals in the industry every day. These contacts lead to internships, mentorships and often real-world job opportunities for our students.

Urban design faculty at SCAD have worked for the following clients and companies:

  • Savannah Historic Site and Monument Commission
  • Innovative Design Inc.
  • Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Lott + Barber Architects

An environment designed for your success

At SCAD, professors who facilitate incredible opportunities is just one component of a diverse and fulfilling student experience. You can do it all: participate in signature events, hobnob with visiting artists and professionals, take advantage of stellar facilities and resources, and more.

Learn more about the urban design student experience