For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Department Head Ann Gerondelis
Ann Gerondelis
Department Head, Design



Ann Gerondelis AIA, IDSA is the Head of the Design Department in Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. A passionate design evangelist, and inclusive leader, she draws on her broad range of experiences in educational innovation and design in multiple disciplines.

Ann is an architect and practiced for 12 years before joining the National University of Singapore, then later the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work in design representation related to inquiry fueled curricular innovations in Industrial Design, Architecture and Building Construction. Funded research projects include the development of a high school Bio-Inspired Design Learning Community, Design Integrated with Middle School STEM Courses, and the design of Bio-Inspired Design learning tools. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Faculty Award.

Professor Gerondelis leads a wide range of disciplines in the Design Department including undergraduate programs in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Photography, and Design & Merchandising, and graduate programs in Retail & Merchandising and Fashion Design.

Ann remains fascinated by embodied perception and its relationship to the design of human experiences – from the scale of the built environment to objects that surround us.

BSc Arch, Georgia Institute of Technology 1981
M Arch, Georgia Institute of Technology 1985
‘Attafit: A Leafcutter Ant based Fitness App’. Proceedings of the Second Digital Naturalism Conference, Gamboa, Panama 2019. Pp 216-219.

Gerondelis, Ann. Open Our Hearts. Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow UK, 2018.

Gerondelis, Ann. Open Our Eyes. Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow UK, 2016.

‘Making Space: for Design and Construction in the First Year’ Materiality: Essence and Substance. Ed. Kathleen Nagle. Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Chicago. IL, 2014. 225-231. Print.

‘Grounds for Sustainability in the Beginning Design Studio’ End of|in the Beginning: Realizing the Sustainable Imagination. Ed. Jodi La Coe. State College: Penn State, 2012. 119-124. Print

Singapore: Architecture of a Global City, Robert Powell editor. Archipelago Press, Singapore. 2000. Contributing Author.

‘Katong Community: Bournemouth Eight’. Singapore Architect. No. 199, 1998. pp. 28-33. ‘Making connections: UE Square’. Singapore Architect, No. 196, 1997, pp. 18-27.

‘Big Business: Millenia Tower’. Singapore Architect, No. 194, 1997, pp. 26-35.

AIA Architecture. Photograph “Penang Monastery”. Universe Publishing, NY, NY, 1996.

‘Georgia Institute of Technology Design Competition’, Faith and Form: Journal of the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture. Spring 1986.

‘Taratoot Renovates Church Street Property’, Decatur Focus. January, 1992.
‘Critter Cards’. Bio-Inspired Design Learning Tools, 2017-2018.
Bio-¬Inspired Design Learning Community
Improving Teacher Quality Grant with Atlanta Public Schools, 2015-¬ 2016. Co-PI with Marc Weissburg, School of Biology.
Drew Charter School / Georgia Tech STEM Innovation Partnership, Georgia Race to the Top, 2011-¬2014.
Gerondelis, Ann. Open Our Hearts. Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow UK, 2018.
Gerondelis, Ann. Open Our Eyes. Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow UK, 2016.