Joel Towers is the Executive Dean of Parsons the New School for Design, where he previously served as Dean of the School of Design Strategies, Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and Associate Provost for Environmental Studies. Under his leadership, the School of Design Strategies developed new programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in fields including Urban Design, Environmental Studies, Transdisciplinary Design, and Design and Urban Ecologies. Before his tenure at The New School, Mr. Towers was a faculty member of the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, where he conducted research in sustainable urban design and developed cross-disciplinary teaching strategies. He is a founding member of SR+T Architects, a sustainable design firm. Mr. Towers holds an M.Arch. from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Michigan.