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Lynnette Widder

Professor of Practice, Sustainability Management; Principal and Cofounder, aardvarchitecture

Lynnette Widder teaches courses on sustainable, resilient, and equitable built environment practices. Her architectural work has been featured in the New York Times and on HGTV in addition to other U.S., European, Asian, and Australian outlets. She currently focuses on low-embodied energy and low-carbon renovation of modernist buildings. She has received research funding from the Mellon Foundation, the AIA New York Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation, the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), Fulbright, the UN Development Programme in Guinea, Columbia World Projects, and the Climate School at Columbia. Widder has held fellowships from the Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris and MacDowell. She is the author of Year Zero to Economic Miracle: Hans Schwippert and Sept Ruf in Postwar West German Building Culture (gta, 2022) and coauthor of Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice (Routledge, 2014) and Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow (William Stout, 2010). Her writing has appeared in such publications as DaidalosBauweltArchitectureManifestKritische Berichte, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and The Social Science Journal. She has also taught at Rhode Island School of Design, ETH Zurich, University of British Columbia, Cornell University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and City College of New York.


  • Sc.D, ETH Zurich
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Barnard College