Madlen Simon

Professor of Architecture with expertise in design thinking for innovation and entrepreneurship, collaborating in diverse teams, architecture and neuroscience.

Hyattsville, Maryland, United States of America


Madlen Simon AIA is an experienced architect, researcher, educator, and scholar in the area of design - design thinking, design education, design of buildings, and the application of design to issues such as sustainability and community health. Professor Simon graduated from Princeton University with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture. Professor Simon began her academic career in 1991, after 14 years practicing architecture in two world-renowned architecture firms, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates, as well as leading her own firm, Simon Design. Simon's broad experience in design practice ranges in scale from corporate campus master planning to product design, with a particular focus on residential architecture. At the University of Maryland, she is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Professor Simon’s research and teaching centers on design thinking, the iterative process of integrating human experience into problem solving and finding innovative approaches to support how people use and interact with their environment. She has led dozens of community-based master planning and design projects funded by communities and non-profit organizations, and undertaken with graduate students and faculty colleagues, bridge between teaching, research, and practice, including “A New Vision for Midtown” for the College Park City-University Partnership and “Glen Echo Park Master Plan” for the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. She was co-Principal Investigator on WaterShed, the University of Maryland's first prize-winning entry into the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011. In 2015, Simon established ARCH601 *Topical Studio: Bridging the Gap*, a Global Classrooms Initiative course in collaboration with Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad, which was awarded *Architect Magazine’s* Studio Prize in 2019. Her recent research, in collaboration with Assistant Professor Ming Hu, combines an immersive virtual environment (VR) and electroencephalogram (EEG) as a promising tool to evaluate alternative options during the early design stage of a project. This work is funded by an AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant.


Princeton University

MArch, Architecture / June, 1977

Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

Princeton University

BA, Architecture / June, 1974

Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America


University of Maryland

Professor / March, 2019Present

Associate Professor / March, 2007March, 2019

Visiting Associate Professor / July, 2006March, 2007

Kansas State University

Assistant/Associate Professor / August, 1992August, 2007

Temple University

Adjunct Associate Professor / August, 1991June, 1992

Links & Social Media

Join Professor Simon on NotedSource!
Join Now

At NotedSource, we believe that professors, post-docs, scientists and other researchers have deep, untapped knowledge and expertise that can be leveraged to drive innovation within companies. NotedSource is committed to bridging the gap between academia and industry by providing a platform for collaboration with industry and networking with other researchers.

For industry, NotedSource identifies the right academic experts in 24 hours to help organizations build and grow. With a platform of thousands of knowledgeable PhDs, scientists, and industry experts, NotedSource makes connecting and collaborating easy.

For academic researchers such as professors, post-docs, and Ph.D.s, NotedSource provides tools to discover and connect to your colleagues with messaging and news feeds, in addition to the opportunity to be paid for your collaboration with vetted partners.

Expert Institutions
NotedSource has experts from Stanford University
Expert institutions using NotedSource include Oxfort University
Experts from McGill have used NotedSource to share their expertise
University of Chicago experts have used NotedSource
MIT researchers have used NotedSource
Proudly trusted by
Microsoft uses NotedSource for academic partnerships
Johnson & Johnson academic research projects on NotedSource
ProQuest (Clarivate) uses NotedSource as their industry academia platform
Slamom consulting engages academics for research collaboration on NotedSource
Omnicom and OMG find academics on notedsource
Unilever research project have used NotedSource to engage academic experts