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L. Rudolph Barton
L. Rudolph Barton

Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture
Shattuck Hall 235 

Master of Architecture in Urban Design, with honors, Harvard University, 1981
Bachelor of Architecture, Tulane University, 1971 

Professor Rudy Barton is an urban designer with architectural degrees from Tulane and Harvard universities. With more than 30 years’ experience in the public, private and academic sectors, he teaches studio and seminar courses that focus on the complex interrelationships of design in the public realm.

Recently named a Fulbright Scholar, Rudy spent six months teaching and conducting research on creativity and design at the renowned Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, from January through June 2015.

At PSU, Rudy has led undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from design studios to improve connections to Portland’s Willamette River to seminars on the history and theory of urban design. A strong believer in the benefits of international study, Rudy has guided PSU students on trips to Barcelona, Spain, for first-hand investigations of historical and contemporary design development.

His professional career as an urban designer includes working on Portland’s ground-breaking Downtown Plan, directing a three-year urban design study of Jerusalem, creating masterplans for Northwest colleges and medical campuses, and serving as a consultant on urban design issues for local architectural firms. In addition, he has served as a design advisor to numerous organizations and agencies, including the Portland Design Commission, Portland Design Festival, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Architecture Foundation of Oregon.


Rudy is a founding member of urbanLAB:PDX, a collective design research "laboratory" of PSU architecture faculty, students, and professionals who challenge and explore the potential of the urban environment. His current research in this area seeks to provoke discourse around the physical and social construction of public space and has resulted in exhibitions such as The Columbia River Crossing: What Does It Mean? and Public Space Now.