Phoebe Crisman AIA combines professional architecture practice with research and teaching at the University of Virginia. Director of the interdisciplinary Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability major and Associate Professor of Architecture, she teaches design studios and lectures in architecture, urban theory and sustainability. Crisman received the Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she graduated with Distinction. She completed a postgraduate Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands and earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon. Prior to establishing Crisman+Petrus Architects, she practiced architecture and urban design with firms in Chicago, Cambridge, Hong Kong and Washington DC.

Michael Petrus is an architect, urban designer and photographer with over 30 years of experience. Prior to co-founding Crisman+Petrus architects he practiced and built work with firms in Washington, DC, Chicago, Cambridge and Hong Kong. Petrus' built work has ranged widely in scale and type, from cities for 3 million people, 250,000 square foot commercial buildings, museums, housing, to floating buildings and picnic shelters. His photography has been widely exhibited and published, and he teaches architecture studios at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Petrus holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon.



Grant Awarded. Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grant. With Elizabeth River Project. National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

All-University Teaching Award, University of Virginia.

Outstanding Contributions to Sustainability Award. University of Virginia Student Council & Office of Sustainability.


Top 10 Centers for Environmental Education Award, Learning Barge. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Grant Awarded. NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant. With Elizabeth River Project. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.


Grant Awarded. Chesapeake Restoration Fund. With Elizabeth River Project.


Governer's Environmental Excellence Gold Medal Award to the Learning Barge. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.


VSAIA Prize for Design Research and Scholarship. Honorable Mention. Virginia Society American Institute of Architects

Learning Barge Stewardship Award. Elizabeth River Project.


Environmental Excellence Award to the Learning Barge. Seaworld/Busch Gardens.


Grant Awarded. National Endowment for the Arts. With Elizabeth River Project.

Grant Awarded. Virginia Environmental Endowment. With the Elizabeth River Project.


JAE Best Design as Scholarship Article Award. Journal of Architectural Education.

Grant Awarded. Oak Hill Fund.


AIA Education Honor Award. American Institute of Architects.

ACSA Collaborative Practice Award. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

VSAIA Prize for Design Research and Scholarship. Virginia Society American Insitute of Architects.


US EPA P3 Sustainability Award. US Environmental Protection Agency.

Youth Council for Sustainable Science and Technology Design Award. American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Virginia Go Green Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture. James River US Green Building Council.

EDRA/Places Planning Award. Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and Places Journal.

NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education. National Council of Architectural Education Board.


Grant Awarded. EPA Region III Land Revitalization Grant. With Elizabeth River Project. US Environmental Protection Agency.

Grant Awarded. Boston Society of Architects Research Grant.

Grant Awarded. EPA P3 Grant Phase I. US Environmental Protection Agency.

Grant Awarded. The Learning Barge. Virginia Environmental Endowment.


First Place Award, International Design for Density Competition. Boston Society of Architects & American Institute of Architects.

Grant Awarded. Money Point Sustainabillity Study. Virginia Environmental Endowment.

Virginia Design Medal. Hanbury Wright Evans, Norfolk, Virginia.


Grant Awarded. Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


Recipient, US Fulbright Fellowship. Regeneration of the Post-Industrial Landscape in the Netherlands.


Recipient, Harvard University Sheldon Fellowship.

Recipient, Harvard University Graduate School of Design Druker Fellowship.