Susan Atkinson, Associate AIA, Consultant

Susan Atkinson, Associate AIA, Consultant

Susan Atkinson, Associate AIA, Consultant, Associate AIA, Consultant

Susan Atkinson, Associate AIA, Consultant

Susan M. Atkinson Glenn, Associate AIA, is a Consultant to 7 Directions Architects / Planners. She is the Founding Partner and Principal of two design firms, Glenn + Glenn Architects Engineers PLLC and Studio Earth Shelter, both of which examine the intertwining aspects of sustainability and culture in the design of housing and meaningful public spaces. Susan brings expertise in culturally and environmentally-responsive design, environmental systems, LEED, community facilitation, and project management. Her international sustainable design and research projects range from small demonstration homes and museum exhibits, to the 30,000 SF LEED Platinum University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center in Missoula, Montana.


  • Master of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Washington College of Built Environments, 1993

Professional Practice

  • 7 Directions Architects / Planners, Founding Partner and Consultant, present
  • Studio Earth Shelter, Non-Profit Organization, Founding Partner and Director, 1986—present
  • Glenn + Glenn Architects Engineers PLLC, Founding Partner and Principal, 1998—2014
  • State of Montana, Montana Arts Council, Program Coordinator, 2000—2002
  • Amsler Woodhouse MacLean Architects, Senior Designer and Project Architect, Boston, MA, 1997—1998
  • Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Architectural Designer and Writer, Boston, MA, 1995—1997
  • Tise Design Associates, Newton, MA, 1993—1995
  • Daniel J. Glenn Community Design, 1990—1993
  • Groundwork Institute, Non-Profit Organization, Design/Build, 1985—1987

Representative Projects/Exhibitions

  • UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, Venice Biennale Exhibition, 2018
  • Eloise Cobell Land & Culture Institute, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 2014
  • Place of Hidden Waters Senior/ Family Housing and Community Center, Puyallup, WA, 2014
  • Apsáalooke Tribal Administrative Complex, Concept Design/Master Plan, Crow Agency, MT 2011
  • University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center, Missoula, MT 2010
  • Little Big Horn College: Campus Master Plan, Academic Buildings, Dance Arbor, Gateway, and Archives Building, Crow Agency, MT 1998—2010
  • Reconstruction of the Second Crow Agency, Exhibition, Museum of the Beartooths, Columbus, MT, 2009
  • RIMS House, Billings, MT, 2008
  • Code of the New West, Rural Design Guidelines, Madison County, Montana, 2005
  • Ipswich Montessori School, Ipswich, MA, 1998
  • Noble & Greenough School, Student Center, Dedham, MA, 1998
  • Fenton Judicial Center, District Courthouse, Lawrence, MA, 1996
  • Edward T. Gignoux, U.S. Federal Courthouse, Portland, ME, 1995
  • Concord Village/Eagle Creek Affordable Housing, Indianapolis, IN, 1995
  • Beach 41st Street Affordable Housing, Hope VI URD, New York City, NY 1994
  • Bamboo House, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, 1987
  • Low-Cost, Self-Help Housing, Chaguatio, Nicaragua, 1985—1987