Alison Mears

Dean of the School of Design Strategies, The New School, Parsons

Alison Mears AIA LEED AP is the current Dean of the School of Design Strategies.  Past Director of the BFA Architecture and Interior Design programs in the School of Constructed Environments and an Assistant Professor of Architecture. Alison teaches interdisciplinary studios in SCE and in SDS projects in the BS Urban Design program.  Past projects have been located in a number of US urban contexts, often in a partnership with the New School (Milano graduate students) and Parsons design students (graduate and undergraduates) and with a range of nonprofit organizations.  

Past projects have been located in New Orleans as part of the Chase competition, community based programs (part of the Solar Decathlon project) in Deanwood, Washington DC, in Skid Row, LA with the Skid Row Housing Authority and in Greensboro NC. Alison is also leading a team of designers working on the design and construction of the St. George's school in Gondar, Ethiopia and advisor for Donna Karan's Urban Zen Vocational Center for Artisans in Port au Prince, Haiti. Alison is a registered architect who has worked in both large corporate firms and partner in her own architectural practice.( Formerly: Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorpe, Australia; Pei Cobb, Freed and Partners, NYC. Currently: Paci + Mears Architects.)