“Every move you make is an untimely moment redistributing what has gone before while opening up what may yet come.” – J.D. Dewsbury (2000, p. 480).


Dr. Angela M. Person is an associate professor of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. She is an architectural geographer and environmental designer whose research and teaching explores environment-society relationships. She has taught courses in architectural theory and criticism, architectural methods, environment-society relationships, political geography, and human geography. Dr. Person has a particular enthusiasm for mentoring undergraduate students through inquiry-based research, critical creative practice, and intentional professional development.

Dr. Person co-edited the award-winning book Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture, published by the University of Oklahoma Press (2020). She also co-edited Affective Architectures: More-than-Representational Approaches to Heritage for the Routledge book series “Critical Studies in Heritage, Emotion, and Affect” (2020). Also in 2020, she organized the national conference Schools of Thought (link), which brought together more than 100 design educators from over 50 institutions around the United States and beyond to explore the future of design teaching.

As a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Person was lead author of The Care and Keeping of Cultural Facilities (2014), a book documenting best practices for cultural institution facilities management. It was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Author Award by the International Facilities Management Association. Dr. Person’s dissertation research, “Locating the Agency of Architecture,” was recognized with an Honorable Mention by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). This designation honors significant new research in the fields of architecture and environmental design, judged on the basis of the quality, potential impact, and presentation of the research.

Her award-winning work has been generously supported by the Smithsonian Institution, National Building Museum, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Graham Foundation, and recognized by the Journal of Architectural Education, Society of Architectural Historians, College Art Association, and Center for Architecture. At the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Person has also been involved with campus service through her roles as a faculty steering committee member for the Center for Faculty Excellence, a faculty advisory board member for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, a committee member for the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, and an advisory board member for the Arts and Humanities Forum.

Dr. Person earned her PhD from the University of Oklahoma, while studying in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. She also has a background in museum studies (MA), environmental design (BS), and geology (minor).