Thomas A. Dutton, Cincinnati Professor of Community Engagement and member of the Architecture and Interior Design faculty at Miami University, died at home in Oxford, OH, surrounded by family June 13, following an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Tom Dutton joined the Miami faculty in 1977, following his graduate studies at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. He had received his professional B.Arch. degree in 1975 from Cal/Poly San Luis Obispo.
During his 40 year career at Miami, Dutton was active in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood (OTR) on issues of affordable housing, poverty and racial equity since 1981, and brought students to the neighborhood starting in 1996 for a capstone design/build studio course. The urban studio work was supported and informed by Dutton’s provocative seminar courses on the Oxford campus and by his deep knowledge of the socio-economic and political culture of urban Cincinnati.
Prof. Dutton was active in the ACSA regionally and nationally, having served as the department’s representative, a member of the Inter/national Board of the ACSA as East Central Regional Director, 1995-1998, Treasurer of the Inter/national Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 1999 – 2001, and was a member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Architectural Education (1989-1994) and its Associate Editor for Book Reviews (1995-1999). Dutton was also a member of the Board of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), from Summer 2010 to February 2011. He was the recipient of the ACSA’s Creative Achievement Award in 1990 for his sustained contributions to architectural design education and his creative use of the design studio. In 2009 he won the Thomas Ehlrich from Campus Compact, and in 2012 the OTR program was the regional winner of the Outreach Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award, and a finalist for a national award.
The Dutton family — his wife Janis and sons Nathan and Nolan — together with the Miami University community, will hold a memorial to celebrate his life and legacy onSaturday 7 October 2017. The event will take place from 1-4 PM in the Dolibois Room of the Shriver Center on the Miami Campus. The formal event will begin at 2 PM, with light refreshments to follow.
Out-of -town guests should contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design concerning parking. The Department’s memorial can be read at the following: