How did architectural design philosophy evolve and what was the resulting impact? How did anti-diversity become the norm for early college dormitory design? How did coeducation require college officials to rethink the spatial configurations of their campuses? What influence did insane asylums, orphanages, fraternity and sorority houses, and boarding houses have on design trends?

Learn the answers to these questions and more as host Tony Doody interviews Dr. Carla Yanni (architectural historian in the Art History department of Rutgers University). Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to infuse questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


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Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Dr. Carla Yanni

Carla Yanni is an architectural historian in the Art History department of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She held the position of assistant vice president in the office of undergraduate education at Rutgers-New Brunswick for three and a half years. Her other books examine the architectural and social history of Victorian natural history museums and nineteenth-century mental hospitals.