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Keshika De Saram (B.D.A. ’14, M.Arch ’17) Elected President of AIAS

Keshika De Saram 61st AIAS President

At the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) annual FORUM conference, the Council of Presidents elected the 2017-18 board of directors. Among those elected was College of Design graduate student Keshika De SaramĀ (B.D.A. ’14, M.Arch ’17) who will now serve a one-year term on the AIAS board of directors as the organization’s 61st president. As president, De Saram will relocate […]

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Marc Swackhamer Named New School of Architecture Head

Associate professor of architecture Marc Swackhamer has been named head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. He has served as the director of the University's Master of Architecture program since 2012 and is the co-founder of HouMinn Practice, which focuses on full-scale prototyping of lightweight, responsive, and digitally pre-fabricated construction systems. He received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati and his M.Arch from Rice University. "The discipline of architecture is undergoing tremendous change," says Swackhamer. "Schools must quickly and nimbly adjust to those changes, yet remain clear and stable with regards to the disciplinary core of the profession. I envision a program that will lead the discipline through a dynamically changing landscape, while simultaneously clarifying…

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Monday Minute, October 22, 2012: College Advisory Board Recap

Dear Colleagues,Last Friday we held our first college advisory board meeting of FY13.  Thanks to those who participated in the day and in its planning.  There are a couple items that struck me during the day that I wanted to share with each of you.One, our board members were continually impressed by how our college has come together over the last 6 years.  Many have been on our board since day one and each time we meet they find new and interesting things to be excited about.  That is a testament to each of you and I thank you for your hard work and dedication in that combined effort.Two, when I asked the group what they need and look for…

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Monday Minute, October 15, 2012: Redesigning Higher Education

Dear Colleagues, It was great to see a number of you at last week's workshop Design Thinking for Higher Education Innovation. For those who were unable to attend, our College joined the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and the University's Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education and its Center for Integrative Leadership to put together a sold-out workshop, led by Virajita Singh of CSBR.The workshop generated a lot of creative ideas, many of them focused on making higher education more nimble, flexible, and adaptable to meet the rapidly-changing needs of students, the workforce, and society. The event also showed how many of the challenges we face in our college are not uniquely our own. As we look at changing demographics, student…

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From the Dean: A Leadership Transition in Landscape Architecture

Dear Colleagues, As you may know, Lance Neckar will be retiring from the position of Professor of Landscape Architecture and Head of the Department on July 3, 2012. He will assume an endowed chair in Environmental Analysis and Director of the Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. After consultation of the Landscape Architecture faculty, I appointed Kristine Miller as Interim Head for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. During the next year, Kristine will give leadership to a structured strategic planning process that will inform department goals. I appreciate Kristine's willingness to assume this responsibility, and know she looks forward to working with all faculty, students, and administrative personnel in the Department and College over the next…

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Fisher comments on leadership changes in U.S. architecture schools

While announcing new deans at six leading architecture schools, Architectural Record notes in its July 12, 2010, issue that the pace of turnovers among deans and other administrators in top architecture schools appears to reflect a trend toward shortened tenures, the result, some say, of burnout.

College of Design Dean Tom Fisher, outgoing president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, comments that today’s deans are now involved in multiple activities such as fundraising and teaching as well as administrating.

Leading a school “can be a grueling relentless job because we’re pulled in so many directions, ” he said. Fisher also attributes the faster turnover rate to “the hyperspeed of our culture.”

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