In addition to his scholarly accomplishments, Hutson is a respected teacher and mentor in the design and planning community. Throughout his career, he has overseen multiple award-winning dissertations and has helped undergraduate and graduate students achieve highest honors in the field, including Fulbrights and two Schmidt MacArthur Fellowships, funded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
“In the past years, Professor Hutson’s contributions across [the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation] and Columbia University have been nothing less than tremendous,” said Amale Andraos, dean of the school. “He has made a lasting impact on many of us as a colleague and as an inspiring teacher and adviser to our students. While we are saddened to see him leave, I am thrilled he will be joining you in this leadership position, which no doubt will be transformative, with positive ripples across our disciplines and fields.”
Hutson’s work in support of diversity, equity and inclusion goes beyond his research and student engagement. At Columbia, he serves as a member of Columbia University’s Provost’s Advisory Council for the Enhancement of Faculty Diversity and the co-leader of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s Anti-Racism Task Force. In these roles, he devised and contributed to strategic approaches to address racism, create pipeline diversity, support inclusive excellence and equity, and strengthen the presence, prominence and role of women and underrepresented minorities in leadership positions at Columbia.
Hutson received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1997 and a Master of City Planning in Regional and Economic Development in 1999 from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2006, he received a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Scholar postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Hutson succeeds Ila Berman, who returns to the School of Architecture faculty after a five-year term as dean.
“Ila Berman has successfully steered the School of Architecture toward a more inclusive and more interdisciplinary future during her tenure as dean. We’re fortunate that she will continue to contribute the school’s progress as a member of the faculty,” UVA President Jim Ryan said. “Malo Hutson is the right person at the right time to lead the school’s next chapter. He brings many strengths as a scholar, leader and practitioner in the areas of community development, environmental justice and urban health, and it will be a pleasure and honor to welcome him to the UVA community. Provost Magill and Associate Professor of Architecture Jeana Ripple, along with the entire search committee, have recruited an outstanding new dean, and I am grateful for their efforts.”
Hutson will be joined in Charlottesville by his wife, Moira O’Neill, and their two children, Nia and Liam.