Evan Pruitt

Visiting Professor of Architecture
Interim Assistant Director

Evan Pruitt

Evan Pruitt

Visiting Professor of Architecture
Interim Assistant Director

Areas of Specialization

Architecture

Education

MArch, University of California Berkeley 
BSAD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography

Evan Pruitt is a Visiting Professor of Architecture and serves as the Interim Assistant Director of the Master of Architecture degree program at Jefferson University in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment. Evan teaches both undergraduate and graduate level architecture design studios, and participates in curriculum development throughout the program. While teaching, Evan focuses on architectural research; concept development; verbal, written and graphic articulation; and the individualization of the design process. Prior to joining Jefferson faculty, she taught studio design courses at UC Berkeley, San Jose State University and California College of the Arts (CCA).

Evan’s academic interest is in the intersection of architecture, urban design and public health. Her M.Arch thesis investigated the potential for the built environment to serve an active role in the management of a global pandemic. In collaboration with a Stanford University MD/PhD, she also developed a cross-disciplinary studio design course that explored the systems and representations of bio-chemical science.

While at Jefferson, she has been involved with the emerging Smart and Healthy Cities Institute and looks forward to the multi-disciplinary research collaborations it will promote. Evan was also the co-recipient of a TJU Nexus Learning Grant along with Professor David Kratzer. Their research explored the relationship between studenttemperament, curriculum and learning environment in architectural studio courses. Their papers were presented at the 2018 ASCA Meeting and 2018 Lilly Bethesda Conference.

In addition to teaching, Evan has practiced in Chile, California, and Philadelphia. Casa Coya, a home she designed in collaboration with OWAR Arquitectos in the Cachapoal Valley, has received numerous awards and was selected by the Chilean Cultural and Arts Commission to represent the country at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Upon moving to Philadelphia in 2013, Evan founded a boutique design practice dedicated to incisive and innovative design interventions that fortify the potential for historic homes to support the patterns of contemporary life.