Faculty

School of Architecture Seeks New Head of School

The SoA invites applications for the position of Head of the School of Architecture. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2019. The appointment begins on July 1, 2020.

Current SoA Head Stephen Lee will be serving his 12th and final year as head during the 2019-20 academic year. University policy allows for a maximum of two five-year term lengths for heads of school; Lee has already served one year as interim head, two five-year terms as head, and will serve this additional upcoming year as the College of Fine Arts handles several other headship transitions within the college. Lee will continue on as tenured faculty with the SoA following the conclusion of his headship. The goal for the head search is to bring this new person on board with time to allow for a smooth transition into the next chapter of the school.

Vivian Loftness to be Honored with Legacy Award during GBA’s 2019 Emerald Evening Gala Thu 12 Sep

Congratulations to professor Vivian Loftness, recipient of the Green Building Alliance’s 2019 Legacy Award. Loftness is one of five honorees being recognized at GBA’s 2019 Emerald Evening Gala on Thursday, September 12, which highlights people and projects that have transformed communities across the region.

Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin Publishes Paper in Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin recently published a paper titled "Creativity in Puzzles, Inventions, and Designs: The Sudden Mental Insight Phenomenon" in the Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Springer's publication platform SpringerLink.

PhD-AECM Candidate Lipika Swarup Presents Paper at ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference

PhD-AECM Candidate Lipika Swarup recently traveled to the 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference in Antwerp, Belgium to present the paper “Precedent-Based Learning: An Approach for Studio Pedagogy in the Early Years” written by School of Architecture Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin.

Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García Receive 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture

The SoA is pleased to announce that Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García have been selected for the 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture. The duo will deliver a lecture during the Fall 2019 Lecture Series and teach an ASO studio and spring seminar in spring 2020.

Pittsburgh City Planning Director Ray Gastil Taking New Job Opportunity as Director of Remaking Cities Institute

Pittsburgh City Planning Director Ray Gastil has been appointed David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement in the School of Architecture. In this role he will direct the Remaking Cities Institute and teach architecture and urban design. Gastil’s new position begins September 1, 2019.

Don Carter to step down as Director of Remaking Cities Institute, transitions to Adjunct Faculty role

Donald K. Carter, FAIA, FAICP, LEED AP will step down as David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI). Beginning on July 1, Carter will transition to a new part-time role as an SoA Adjunct Professor in the Master of Urban Design Program, as an RCI Senior Research Fellow, and as an advisor to Campus Design and Facility Development.

Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer appointed Assistant Professor in Building Technology

The CMU SoA is pleased to announce the appointment of Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer, LEED AP to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Building Technology. Sawyer’s interdisciplinary research focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate building envelope design and performance though immersive visualizations such as virtual reality.

Nida Rehman appointed Assistant Professor in Resilient Cities and Urban Ecology

The CMU SoA is pleased to announce the appointment of Nida Rehman to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Resilient Cities and Urban Ecology. Rehman is an architect, urban designer, and cultural geographer examining how processes of urbanization, the politics of planning and design, and the physical structure of cities produce ecological and infrastructural change, and impact human health.

Professor Francesca Torello Selected to Participate in National Endowment for the Humanities Program

Adjunct Professor Francesca Torello, PhD has been selected to participate in a four-week program with the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute this July at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. “Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere” approaches museums as sites for interdisciplinary inquiry that offer windows on today's educational, ethical, and cultural debates.

Metropolis Magazine Recap of ACSA Conference Features Work of SoA Faculty

A recent feature in Metropolis magazine highlights the myriad ways architecture schools can help their nearby underserved communities. The article features the work of the Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS) and the traveling exhibition An Atlas of Commoning spearheaded by SoA faculty.