M.Arch 2000 University of Virginia
Betsy Roettger is the Assistant Dean of Students and Community Engagement and a Lecturer at the University of Virginia. Her research interests lie in the interaction between design, community development, and political action. Roettger works to engage underserved populations in cultivating their local ecology, histories, built environment through the design process. Within the Department of Architecture, Betsy teaches both graduate and undergraduate level design studios and seminar courses with a focus on contemporary housing issues.
In 2010, she was awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture / American Institute of Architects Housing Design Education Award at the ACSA annual meeting in March, 2010 for her project, “SRO: a case for affordable dense housing”.
Roettgers’ work in the Department involves many facets of student life and School events. In 2005, she led a school effort to concentrate design studios and service work on the challenges of rebuilding the Gulf Coast following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. This work resulted in a publication, “Urgent Matters, Building after Katrina: Visions for the Gulf Coast”. More recently, Betsy has continued work in New Orleans more recently, teaching two graduate studios concentrating on reshaping public spaces through collaboration with the Roots of Music organization. During the fall of 2009, Roettger’s 4th year studio designed processes for rebuilding public spaces on a much larger scale, working on Kayford Mountain, a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia.
Roettger continues to volunteer locally on boards for the City of Charlottesville and area housing non-profits.