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Phoebe Crisman

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Phoebe Crisman

Director of Studies

She was appointed Director of Studies of the IRC in August 2019.

Phoebe Crisman arrived at UVA in 2000 and has built a joyful academic life here. She is a Professor of Architecture and Director of the pan-university Global Studies program. Phoebe teaches courses and studios on architecture, urban design, and sustainability, as well as directing the Global Environments + Sustainability major and minor. In her research and with Crisman+Petrus Architects, she designs green buildings and sustainable communities. Currently she is working with indigenous communities in South Dakota and South Africa. Phoebe completed her Architecture and Urban Design studies at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon universities, followed by a post-graduate Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands.

Beyond her academic and professional activities, Phoebe loves to cycle, sail, and travel. She has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Italy, and the Netherlands, traveled to over sixty countries, and sailed around the world twice on Semester at Sea.


Hello everyone! I am grateful to serve as the Director of Studies for the International Residential College, where I live with my family in Little Morea. I collaborate with the IRC community to build an intellectually rich, caring, and sustainable shared place. I enjoy getting to know students in my classroom, studio, office and through a host of IRC events. I am happy to share my optimism and help you to see the potential for intellectual and personal growth. I look forward to speaking with you at various events. If you have an idea for a program, I am interested! Thank you for introducing yourself to me when we meet so I can get to know you better.