Wolfgang Preiser , PhD

Professor Emeritus

Professional Summary

Wolfgang F.E. Preiser is a professor of Architecture. He has published 16 books, and is currently working on his 17th book: Universal Design Handbook, second edition. Among his other notable publication are: Directions in Person-Environment Research and Practice (1999), and New Directions in Urban Public Housing (1998). He has received many awards, including: 2 NEA Professional Fellowships, the Rieveschl Award for Scholarly and Creative Works (1999), EDRA Career Achievement Award (1999); Progressive Architecture Awards for Applied Research (1985 and 1989); Fulbright Fellowships (1967 and 1984). He has had visiting lectureships at more than thirty universities in the United States, and over thirty-five universities overseas, most recently at City of Denver, Arizona State University and Clemson University. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Environment and Behavior, and serves on the editorial board of Architectural Science Review. He is a member of the Environmental Design Research Association (former Vice-Chairman and Secretary), the Society of Human Ecology (USA, Co-Founder and President, 1979-86), and,the International Association for People/Environment Studies. He has served on national committees with the American Institute of Architects, the Building Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research.


PhD (Man-Environment Relations): Pennsylvania State University 1973

MArch: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1969

Ms.Arch: Technical University of Karlsruhe 1967

BArch: Vienna Technical University Vienna, 1963

Research and Practice Interests

Universal Design The Architecture of Schools of Architecture Post-Occupancy/Building Performance Evaluation Facility Programming Environment/Behavior Research

Research Support

Grant: #NCE Investigators:Preiser, Wolfgang F.E. 09-01-2004 -03-31-2006 Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Facilities Master Plan Role:PI $133,918.00 Closed Level:Local Government