Dean L. Abernathy earned his undergraduate degree in Architecture at California Polytechnic University and his Master’s in Computation and Design and PhD in Architecture from the University of California in Los Angeles. His research interests have focused on the changes to architectural design practice through computational developments in design methods, communication and fabrication as well as the issues of preservation and access. While on the faculty of the University of Virginia he was the associate director of the Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities and received the Virginia Design Medal. At UVA he led studios and digital projects that worked within the contested landscape of the Sacred Valley of Peru. The efforts brought together local and international groups for the purpose of designing services for the transportation needs of the local population while protecting and preserving cultural heritage. He is currently the chair of the architecture department at Orange Coast College in Orange County, California where he teaches architectural design, digital fabrication and leads students in two community improvement efforts; Orange County with studio projects focused on transportation and housing for underserved communities and home building projects in Tijuana, Mexico with the non-profit Corazon.