Commissioners & Staff

Laurie Hawkinson

Laurie Hawkinson is the architect member of the Public Design Commission. She is a partner at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (SMH+); Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and serves on Columbia University’s Professional Schools’ Diversity Council. Previously, she taught at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Yale University’s School of Architecture, the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies in Venice, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Parsons School of Design’s School of Environmental Design, and the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. She has served on the Space Planning Committee of Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus and on the Dean Search Committee of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UC-Berkeley, a Master of Art in Department of Art Practice from UC-Berkeley, and was a recipient of the Whitney Museum’s independent study fellowship.