Sonia A. Hirt

Sonia A. Hirt

Fellow: Awarded 2023
Field of Study: Architecture, Planning and Design

Competition: US & Canada

Sonia A. Hirt aims to advance understanding of the relationship between cultural values and urban forms, and to create opportunities to make cities more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable. Initially trained as an architect in her hometown of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, Hirt holds graduate degrees in urban planning from the University of Michigan. She is currently Dean and Hughes Professor in Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Georgia.

Previously, she was Dean of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, University of Maryland; Associate Dean at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech; and Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Sonia is the author of 90 publications, including two award-winning scholarly monographs, with more than 3,000 citations.

Her work has been supported by fellowships from many organizations including the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Foundation of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program—and now, the Guggenheim Foundation. She has lectured at many other prestigious universities in the world, including Cambridge, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, MIT, Tongji, Penn, Vanderbilt, and Yale, and has been cited by The Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post among others.

Photo Credit: University of Georgia

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