Affiliated Faculty

Lynne M. Dearborn

Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Professor Lynne Dearborn’s teaching and research focus on social, cultural, and community design issues in architecture. Her courses introduce students to a range of critical studies that consider the social, political, and economic contexts within which architects practice. Her teaching is often interdisciplinary, connecting ideas from urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, and community development. Her design studios address real-world conditions and often work with non-profit community development groups and governmental agencies. In 2004, she received the AIA Education Honor Award for an interdisciplinary design studio she co-taught in spring 2003 with Stacy Harwood, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and Laura J. Lawson, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Professor Dearborn is currently conducting a study of predatory lending processes and outcomes in several minority communities in the Midwest. Predatory lending is an illegal practice in which unscrupulous lenders issue mortgages with extremely high interest rates to vulnerable individuals who are often forced into foreclosure. Victims often are unaware of their rights and end up with sub-standard housing and enormous debts.

Through her research and teaching, Dearborn brings exciting new perspectives on housing, community design, and cultural sensitivity to the School of Architecture. Her passion for the subject is inspiring for students who enroll in her studio and seminars. Dearborn believes that service learning through programs like ESLARP is an important experience that all college students should participate in; through her predatory lending studies, Dearborn applies her scholarship to helping communities throughout the state.

Contact Information
Room 117 Temple Buell Hall
611 Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-4331
E-mail: dearborn@illinois.edu


Current Research Areas

Her teaching and research focus on social, cultural, and community design issues in architecture. A curren study is focusing on predatory lending practices and housing quality outcomes.


Selected Publications

Dearborn, L., "Immigrant Homeowners: Residential Choices of Low-/Moderate-Income Hmong in Milwaukee 's Central City," Submitted to Journal of Architectural and Planning Research as part of a special issue on immigrants and their residential environments (under editorial review).

Dearborn , L., Book Review, "The Dignity of Resistance: Women Resident Activism in Chicago Public Housing," by Roberta M. Feldman and Susan Stall. Journal of Planning Literature, Vol. 19(4): 457-58. (May2005).

Dearborn, L., Book Review, "Securing the Spectacular City : the politics of revitalization and Homelessness in downtown Seattle ," by Timothy A. Gibson. H-Net Reviews (Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine) http://www.h-net.org/reviews . (April, 2005)

Dearborn , L. & K. Rodenkirch, "Service-Research Relationships in the Study of Unethical Lending and Construction Practices," HUD-Community Outreach Partnerships Conference, Chicago , Illinois (April, 2005).

Dearborn, L., "Fighting the Inertia of the Status Quo," presented at the Site::Offsite, Architecture and the Factory-Built House , conference at the University of Texas at Austin , School of Architecture , November 2004.

Dearborn, L., "Community Planning in Native American Communities," presented at the Maine Indian Housing Summit for leaders of Eastern Woodland Tribes, Bar Harbor , Maine , August 2004.

Dearborn , L., "Building and Sustaining Partnerships between University and Community," invited to present at the Univer-cities and the Knowledge Economy conference sponsored by the British Urban Regeneration Association, London , UK , June 2004.

Dearborn, L., "Envisioning the Future in the South End Neighborhood: Work from an Interdisciplinary Studio," presented at the s pecial focus session on AIA Education Honor Awards , 92 nd ACSA Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, March 2004.

Dearborn, L., "Integrating Social Justice Issues in Architectural Design Studio," jointly presented with the nine other awardees at the special focus session on Architecture for Social Justice Awards, Partnerships in Teaching , 92nd ACSA Annual Meeting, Miami , FL , March 2004.

Dearborn, L., "Socially Sustainable Development Practices," presented at the Symposium on Sustainable Building Practices . Jointly sponsored by the City of Urbana and the Illinois Permaculture Society, Urbana , Illinois . October 2003

Dearborn, L., "Predatory Lending in Minority Communities," presented a training seminar for HUD's Office of Native American Programs staff, Chicago , Illinois . October 2003

Dearborn, L., "Predatory Lending in St. Clair County," presented at the Symposium on Lending in Minority Communities . Jointly sponsored by Federal Reserve of St. Louis, Missouri and Land of Lincoln Legal Foundation , Fairview Heights , Illinois . September 2003.

Dearborn, L., " Building and Sustaining Development Partnerships in East St. Louis : The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's East St. Louis Action Research Project, " presented at the International Economic Development Council's Annual Congress , Montreal , PQ , Canada . June 2003.

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