Deirdre L.C. Hennebury, PhD, is an interdisciplinary academic specializing in architecture history and theory, urban theory, and museology. Her research focuses on the use of cultural institutions, such as museums and libraries, to create signature landmarks that act as catalysts for economic growth and cultural improvement. Deirdre holds degrees in architecture, urban planning, and museum studies from Princeton University, Harvard University and the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, “An Investigation of the Urban, Architectural and Exhibit Designs of the Tate Museums, Millbank & Liverpool,” looks at the Tate Gallery from its origins in the late 19th century through to contemporary developments with particular focus on the use of culture in urban reimaging efforts.
A dedicated pedagogue, Deirdre has taught extensively in Architectural History & Design, Art History, Museum Studies and Communication Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Reflecting her many interests, these courses range from Descriptive Geometry at Harvard University to Architectural History at the University of Michigan to Design Theory and Adaptive Reuse at Lawrence Technological University. Deirdre’s interest in teaching and communication has extended to curatorial ventures at the Cranbrook Art Museum and ongoing efforts with CoAD Exhibitions.