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John Meunier

John Meunier

Emeritus Professor, The Design School, Architecture, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


The Design School
Arizona State University
PO Box 871605
Tempe, AZ 85287-1605


  • Emeritus Professor, The Design School, Architecture, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


In 2002, Professor John Meunier stepped out of the position of dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University, a position he held for 15 years. He then took a yearlong sabbatical, visiting and filming desert cities around the world that has developed into a set of educational videos produced by Insight Media. His current academic research focuses on Intricacy in Architecture and Urbanism, an interest that developed from his previous research into Compact Urbanism. From 1976-1987 he was Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. He started teaching architecture at Cambridge University in England, where he was on the faculty for fourteen years. He has been a design consultant to the City of Cincinnati and served on its four-member Urban Design Review Board. He was Vice-Chair of the City of Phoenix Central City Architectural Design Review Panel and the ASU Design Review Board throughout his deanship. Most of his architectural practice has been in Great Britain where he was on the team that won the competition to design the Burrell Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. The house he designed for himself near Cambridge in England is now on the National Historic Register. He recently completed a house for his surgeon son in Solana Beach, California. During his career Professor Meunier has been a Visiting Critic and Lecturer at many schools of architecture, including Harvard, Yale, and McGill. He was President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 1990-91. In 2006 he was a Visiting Professor and Interim Director of the School of Architecture at Clemson University. He is a registered architect in the United Kingdom, and in Arizona. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


  • MA, Cambridge University, 1961
  • MArch, Architecture, Harvard University, 1960
  • BArch (first class honors), Architecture, Liverpool University, 1959

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Book Chapters


Meunier, J. C. 2012. Making desert cities sustainable. In: Pijawka, K. and M. A. Gromulat eds., Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.