Catie Newell is the Director of the Master of Science in Digital and Material Technologies and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Newell joined the faculty in 2009 as the Oberdick Fellow. She received her Masters of Architecture from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Georgia Tech. In 2006 she was awarded the SOM Prize for Architecture, Design and Urban Design with her project proposal entitled Weather Permitting. Prior to joining the University of Michigan as the Oberdick Fellow, Newell worked as a project designer and coordinator at Office dA in Boston leading the design and completion of four awarding winning spaces.
Professor Newell is also a founding principal of Alibi Studio based in Detroit. Her work and research captures spaces and material effects, focusing on the development of new atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light or lack thereof. Newell's creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to the specificity of location and geography and cultural contingencies. Newell won the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, the 2011 ArtPrize Best Use of Urban Space Juried Award, and the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. Newell exhibited at the 2012 Architecture Venice Biennale. Catie Newell won the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture for 2013-2014. She is a Lucas Fellow, a Kresge Artist Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.