Holding degrees of Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1981) and Master of Architecture (1985) from the University of Virginia, Clinical Professor Amy E. Gardner has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation since 1989. Gardner was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1998. She is a registered architect in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Working together with faculty colleagues in architecture and across collateral disciplines, Gardner was the founding coordinator and driving force behind the courses Arch 600/611 Comprehensive Studio and Advanced Technology - a program accorded multiple honors since 1995 including: the AIA Education Honor Award; an ACSA Teaching Award; a Lilly Center for Teaching Excellence Award; and an NCARB Prize for the Creative Integration of Teaching and Practice in the Academy.
Also with faculty and professional partners, Gardner has led the School’s Competitions Studio, a design winning eight ACSA student awards; the academic Ideas Competition for the Washington DC Convention Center; third place in the Western Maryland Welcome / Sustainable Design Center, and one of four Finalist awards in the Kingman Island Environmental Education Center Competition.
Most recently, Gardner was the lead faculty adviser and principal investigator for the University of Maryland’s entries to the 2007 and 2011 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The UMD LEAFHouse and WaterShed teams -- interdisciplinary groups of students, faculty, professional and trade mentors -- garnered second and first place overall, respectively, and many awards in the intense competitions with 19 other universities.
Gardner has also led the School’s Paris Program, and has explored research topics in French architecture specific to the development of modern theories of material and construction in 19th and 20th century Paris, in particular the work of Auguste Perret. Her interest in the study and representation of French architecture led to her winning the Western European Architectural Foundation’s Gabriel Prize in 1992. She is now a member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation, and participates as a juror in the Foundation’s award-granting activities.
As a partner in the firm Gardner Mohr Architects LLC, Professor Gardner is committed to environmental stewardship through integrated, inventive design and professional leadership. Her work has been recognized with many design honors, published in the Washington Post, Builder, Dream Homes of Greater Washington DC, ArchitectureDC, televised on HGTV and the Learning Channel, and exhibited at the National Building Museum and the Baltimore and DC Chapters of the AIA.