Dean, College of Architecture | Graduate School of Architecture
E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration
Graduate students: 301
Undergraduate students: 172
Master of Architecture students: 259
Master of Urban Design students: 27
Master of Landscape Architecture students: 15
Students in Buenos Aires: 6
Students in Copenhagen: 3
Full-time faculty: 29
Visiting faculty: 11
Adjunct faculty (in STL): 31
Adjunct faculty (in BA): 6
As we enter the fall, I would like to begin where we left off in the spring by recognizing a staff member and a number of faculty who will be making transitions. Bruce Carvell, architecture registrar for 20 years, has retired and while we will miss him, he is excited about being able to spend more time on his musical passions. I am happy to introduce Aaron Akins, who will fill the position as Assistant Registrar and will be working closely with Registrar and Assistant Dean Cris Baldwin. Together they bring extensive experience to service for all students and faculty in the Sam Fox School. We are also happy to announce that Nicole Allen has been promoted to Assistant Dean of the Sam Fox School, a new position within our administration. Nicole has been Special Assistant to Dean Carmon Colangelo for the past four years and we look forward to working more closely with her in her new capacity. Iain Fraser, a faculty member for 37 years, retired this past May and has been appointed Professor Emeritus. I can't begin to describe all of Iain's contributions to the School, but suffice it to say, they are numerous and it was wonderful to hear his words as the faculty speaker at our Architecture Commencement Ceremony this past May. Iain was the Director of the undergraduate program for many years, taught and coordinated studios in the core of both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and founded the Architecture Discovery Program. His passion for drawing and urban form will rattle around the halls of Givens for a long time. We are disappointed that Dorothée Imbert and Andrew Cruse have left for Ohio State University, but we wish them well in their new faculty roles. Dorothée has positioned our landscape architecture program for success, leading the faculty and students through its inaugural years and initial accreditation. I will be working with the faculty in the role of interim landscape architecture chair this year as we launch an international search to fill the position. Ken Tracy and Christine Yogiaman will be taking a yearlong leave to teach at the American University of Sharjah, where they will continue their research and practice. Peter MacKeith will return full-time to the faculty after seven years of dedicated service as Associate Dean of the Sam Fox School. Kathryn Dean, the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor, will be on leave this semester, but will return full-time to the faculty, teaching in degree project and options studios in the spring. I would like to acknowledge Kathryn's many contributions during her five-year appointment as director of graduate programs.
Continuing as program chairs are Igor Marjanovic (undergraduate architecture), Heather Woofter (graduate architecture), and John Hoal (urban design). They will join Arny Nadler (chair of studio art), Heather Corcoran (chair of design), and Patricia Olynyk (director of graduate art), along with deans and faculty, in continuing to strengthen degree programs and interdisciplinary opportunities across the School to better meet our mission.
We are delighted to announce that Catalina Freixas has accepted an offer to join the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor. Returning and new lecturers, adjunct faculty, and visiting faculty for this year include Robert Booth, Jason Butz, Jaymon Diaz, Elena Canovas, Andrew Colopy, Anna Ives, Elisa Kim, Ersela Kripa, Robert Moore, Mikey Naucas, Pablo Moyano, Stephen Mueller, Jonathan Stitelman, Jesse Vogler, Andrew Weil, and Catty Dan Zhang.
The Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professorship brings a distinguished practitioner to the school each semester. Established in 1986 through a gift from Ruth and her brother, Norman Moore, the endowment also supports the Ruth and Norman Moore chaired professorship currently held by Professor Robert McCarter. Returning to the school as the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor is Alfredo Payá, a distinguished architect from Alicante, Spain. Alfredo will be with us for the year teaching 419, option studio, and seminars. Alfredo, with his office noname29, has designed numerous award-winning projects; his work has been the subject of exhibitions and has been featured in publications both nationally and internationally. Alfredo has taught for a number of years in the Technical Superior School of Architecture in Madrid.
Peter Stempel of Stempel Form PC architects in Virgin, Utah, joins us as visiting professor teaching a graduate options studio. Peter brings a unique combination of design and construction experience to his teaching. The studio, titled Narrative Section, will be "an exploration of the imagination, specifically the ways in which the imagination connects to latent architectural ideas that we may not be able to articulate verbally."
This will be an exciting year with rewarding work to do. We will be continuing to build depth and interdisciplinary opportunities around digital technology, design, and fabrication across all programs and disciplines. We will be working to expand research in all programs. The goal is to provide more research opportunities for faculty and students and to strengthen administrative support for this important activity. We have begun a comprehensive review of elective offerings to better understand our strengths in areas such as social issues, history/theory, and sustainable urbanism, for example. This review will help us target areas where we might need additional courses and aggregate the work of the students and faculty to have greater visibility and impact. We will be working to better coordinate all graduate and undergraduate core studios and related courses to help ensure that they build the required skills and conceptual strength needed for advanced study, and we will be working broadly to strengthen increase interdisciplinary opportunities.
We make things here, and we will be working to bring greater conceptual depth (culture) and rigorous method (craft) to this part of our practice. We also make things together and with other people, so how we do that is a necessary part of our learning.
Our school's greatest asset is that it is a mutually reinforcing environment that draws strength from the differences and interrelationships of our students, faculty, and programs. One of our most important tasks is to be relentless in cultivating this environment such that the school is one of the most important things that we make together.
Have a great semester.
Bruce Lindsey, Dean