Carnegie Mellon University

Molly Steenson

Molly Wright Steenson

Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Fine Arts; K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics & Computational Technologies; Associate Professor, School of Design

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Molly Wright Steenson is Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts, the K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics & Computational Technologies and Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, with a courtesy appointment in the School of Architecture. A designer, writer, architectural historian, and leading speaker, she is the author of Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, 2017), which traces the radical history of AI’s impact on design and architecture, and the co-editor of Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019). Previously, she was an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an adjunct faculty member at Art Center in Pasadena, CA, and an associate professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy. She holds a PhD in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master’s in Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to academia, Molly started working with the Web in 1994 and has worked at groundbreaking design studios, consultancies, and Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York, Europe, and India.