Judith K. De Jong
MArch in Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
BArch, The Pennsylvania State University
Judith K. De Jong teaches architectural design studios, as well as courses in urbanism and landscape. Her research investigates the reciprocating relationships—intellectual, cultural, and formal—between architecture and the city, with a particular interest in the dispersed American city. Her current project is the "Flattening City", which seeks to identify and explore the design implications and opportunities that emerge as American cities and their 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 Illinois Board of Higher Education, and has presented her research at conferences in the U.S., Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Israel. She has written for Land Forum, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and the Journal of Architectural Education, 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 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 U.S. 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.