Joel Towers is Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design, a role in which he has served since 2009. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design, and was the dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons before being appointed to his current positions. Prior to joining The New School, Towers taught in Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A practicing architect for two decades, Towers co-founded the firm Sislian, Rothstein and Towers (SR+T Architects). Towers came to The New School in 2004 as the first director of Sustainable Design and Urban Ecology. In 2006, he became the inaugural director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Associate Provost for Environmental Studies. Towers received an M. Architecture from Columbia University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Parsons School of Design Dean's Office Oral History Project