Henry Sanoff, AIA
Distinguished Professor of Architecture

School of Architecture

College of Design

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695-7701 USA

Telephone: 919-515-2205

E-Mail: henry_sanoff@ncsu.edu

School Design Research Webpage: www4.ncsu.edu/~sanoff/schooldesign


Henry Sanoff received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1957, and a Master of Architecture in 1962 from Pratt Institute, New York. He came to the School of Design in 1966 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1963. A member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and an award winner as Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, Sanoff teaches courses related to community participation, social architecture, design research, design methodology, and design programming. Sanoff has been a visiting lecturer at more than 85 institutions in the USA and abroad including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford-Brooks University, Royal College of Art, Monterey Technical Institute, Western Australia Institute of Technology, Royal Danish Academy of Art, University of Thessaloniki, University of Hamburg, and the Polish Institute of Architects. He is the USA editor of the Journal of Design Studies, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. Professor Sanoff is also recognized as one of the founders of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in 1969. His research has concentrated in the areas of social housing, children's environments, community arts, aging populations and community participation.

  Professor Sanoff is widely published and well known for his many books -
including, Creating Environments for Young Children, School Design: Planning with People: Integrating Programming Evaluation and Participation in Design, Visual Research Methods in Design, Participatory Design: Theory and Techniques, Design Games, Designing with Community Participation, and Methods of Architectural Programming, several of which have been translated into Korean and Japanese. He has authored over seventy articles and chapters in international and American publications. He has also been invited as a keynote speaker at conferences in the USA, Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

  Among other honors, Sanoff received the Statue of Victory, 1985 World Culture Prize for Letters, Arts, and Science; awards from Progressive Architecture Design Awards Program in 1974, 1978, and 1983; and the Award of Honor, Environmental Design Research Association, 1977. He received the Sigma Iota Rho award for Distinguished International Service and the NCSU Outstanding Extension Service Award. He has held many international fellowships including University Professor, University of London, the Chettle Fellowship, University of Sydney, Nell Norris Fellowship, University of Melbourne, Lecture Fellow-
ship, Institute of South African Architects, and the Distinguished Fulbright Award to Seoul National University, Korea, 1990. He is listed in International Who's Who, Who's Who in the Southeast, Who's Who in Technology, American Men and Women of Science, Dictionary of International Biography and recognized as the International Man of the Year, 1992-93, from the International Biographic Center.


Professor Sanoff has written on environmental education for middle and high school students in a book entitled, Seeing the Environment. This work led to the development of the architect-in-residence program, from a NEA grant to the North Carolina Arts Council and NC Department of Public Instruction, that resulted in the publication, Asheville Environmental Workbook. Sanoff's subsequent involvement in the AIA Education committee resulted in the Raleigh Workshop, a joint architect/ teacher environmental education project featured in the AIA publication, Built Environment Guidebook: How to Conduct Environmental Education Workshops for Teachers and Architects. Learning Environments for Children, and Planning Outdoor Play, both published by Humanics, provides programmatic guidelines to architects and teachers in designing children's centers. School Design: Planning for People, uses case studies to show the impact of the designed environment on the quality of education.

In addition, Sanoff has served as an architectural consultant in the programming and design of children's centers, including the centers at Wake Technical Community College (NC), Greenville Technical Community College (SC), and SUNY Stoneybrook (NY). He has also served as design consultant to The Adams Group, Architects, on the Davidson Elementary School and University Park Arts Magnet in Charlotte, NC; the Lyford Cay School in Nassau, Bahamas; the Minnesota High School of the Arts in Minneapolis; and the Minnesota Academies for the Deaf and Blind.