Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree
is Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, where she has been a faculty member sine 1992. She has been engaged in architectural education and practice for more than four decades. She received a bachelor of architecture from City College of the City University of New York, a master’s degree in history of architecture and urban development from Cornell University, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, she practiced architecture in New York City (when she concluded that her interests and talents were far better suited to adaptively using existing buildings than creating new ones), served as architectural historian for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and began her career in architectural education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she taught for 10 years. With her husband, David Murphree, she is a partner in studio m2, an alternative design firm.
A specialist in American architectural and cultural history, Goodstein’s research currently focuses on mid-century modernism and the controversies surrounding its preservation. The author of over 100 conference papers, Goodstein has been a frequent contributor to the meetings of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the College Art Association, and the Vernacular Architecture Forum.
As associate dean of the Fay Jones School since 2009, Goodstein has worked closely with her deans in cultivating relationships between the school and the campus community, participating in campus discourse on academic affairs and research. In service of the Fay Jones School, she also has provided significant leadership transitions as interim dean (2013-14) and interim landscape architecture department head (2015-16). Central to all of her work is the goal of assuring diversity, inclusivity, and equity in the academy and in the profession. In the classroom, educating Fay Jones School students about architectural heritage, and building a preservation ethic into the training of all architects and designers have long been touchstones for her teaching. Read More