Betsy West has been on the faculty of the School of Design since 1998 where she has served as Chair of the College of Architecture and as Graduate Program Coordinator. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University. Her teaching, research, and practice activities explore the cultural, social, political, and physical aspects of architecture and its relationship to landscape. She is also a practicing architect whose projects have been recognized at local, regional, and national levels.
Betsy teaches studios across the curriculum, from Second Year to BArch to March as well as the required Third Year Writing in Architecture course. Among the seminars she has developed are Hemingway, Hopper & Kahn and Wastelands, Borderlands, Homelands which were both cross-listed Architecture / University Honors courses. She currently teaches a seminar entitled Architecture + Activism: Humanitarian Design in Practice and is working with the NGO Mothering Across Continents to develop workable school designs in South Sudan.