Judith K. De Jong

Associate Professor


MArch in Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
BArch, The Pennsylvania State University

Judith K. De Jong is an architect, urbanist, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches coursework focused on the reciprocating relationships between architecture and urbanism. Her research investigates the opportunities for design innovation in architectures and urbanisms of mass culture, the most recent result of which is the book New SubUrbanisms, due from Routledge in Fall 2013, which seeks to identify and explore the design implications and opportunities that emerge as American cities and suburbs become more similar.

De Jong is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the UIC College of Architecture and the Arts, and the UIC Office of the Provost, and has presented her research at conferences in the US, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Israel. She has written for Land Forum, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Journal of Architectural Education, and Planning Practice and Research, and contributed the essay "Suburban Town Center" to the Arsenal of Exclusion/Inclusion, part of the American exhibition at the 2009 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Her proposal "How the Strip Mall Can Save Suburbia" was a finalist in the 2010 Build A Better Burb competition, and she is a Great Cities Faculty Scholar for 2011–2012. De Jong received her Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and her Bachelor of Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.

De Jong is a licensed architect who has practiced with firms in Pennsylvania, Houston, Boston, and Chicago. Projects on which she has worked have ranged from single-family houses, to media facilities, to high-rise residential, to large scale urban design and planning projects in the US and South Korea, and have been awarded by the AIA, ASID, and ASLA. She is principal of Studio 2737 LLC, an architecture and urban design firm in Chicago.