Hadley Arnold

Adjunct Professor

M.Arch, SCI-Arc

Hadley Arnold has worked at the intersection of water security and progressive architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design in the face of climate change since 1998.

As a co-founder of the Arid Lands Institute, she has collaborated with university design programs, NGOs, public agencies, and the design professions in 30 states and around the world to bring water supply to the forefront of design education, practice, and policy. Hadley has designed and built ALI’s applied research, education, and public programs with the support of major grants from the public and private sector. 

With ALI co-founder Peter Arnold, Hadley formed and led the 2015-2017 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Research Prize team, testing new data-driven decision-support tools for the design of water resilience in drylands.

As an educator, Hadley has a particular interest in how history, the arts, and the humanities can inform and complement data-driven water security strategies. Current work focusses on building a global atlas of drylands design, assembling a catalog of case studies, ancient, historic, and modern, that uncouple water from power; solve for hydrologic variability; sow social equity; and support diverse cultures to adapt and persist..

As an entrepreneur, Hadley leads, DiviningLab LLC, bringing digital tools for water security to urban centers worldwide. DiviningLAB builds the world’s highest resolution flood risk and groundwater recharge models, guiding smart, fast decision-making on risk analysis and mitigation.

Hadley was trained in art history at Harvard, served as Associate Editor at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, and received her M.Arch from SCI-Arc. She has taught at UCLA, SCI-Arc, and Woodbury schools of architecture, and has lectured extensively.

Currently Teaching
  • 698aL
    M.L.Arch. Thesis
    M.L.Arch. Thesis
    This seminar provides a conceptual foundation for the MLA research studio this fall and MLA thesis in the spring. The first half of the semester will be devoted to seminal readings on the subject of infrastructure, networks, systems thinking, and technology. In the second half of the semester, students will identify readings relevant to their chosen concentrations as they begin to develop their thesis bibliography. The course will be structured as a traditional seminar with all students participating and contributing. Directed research option for the M.L.Arch. degree. Credit on acceptance of research project. Graded IP/CR/NC.
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