Adèle Naudé Santos

Adèle Naudé Santos is principal architect in the San Francisco-based firm, Santos Prescott and Associates. Her architectural and planning projects include affordable housing in California, Japan, and Africa; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Center in San Francisco. Santos has received housing awards and honors including the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.  She  served as the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT from 2004 to 2015.  Her academic career includes professorships at University of California Berkeley, Harvard University, Rice University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Architecture. While at Rice in the 1970s, she co-directed the pioneering Invisible City series with Rice Media Center founder James Blue.