Posted March 18, 2008 Atlanta
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The Office of the Provost has named four finalists in the search for dean of the College of Architecture. Interim Dean and Professor Doug Allen was named to the post after Dean Tom Galloway died in March 2007.
Candidates for the position are Alan Balfour from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Yehuda E. Kalay from the University of California, Berkeley, Brenda Case Scheer from the University of Utah and Bruce Stiftel of Florida State University. All four will visit the campus during the first half of April, according to the provost's office.
"Through the diversity of programs, strength of the faculty and students, and active alumni and community base, Dean Tom Galloway has left a powerful legacy in the College of Architecture," said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Gary Schuster. "I'm pleased with the diligent work and thoughtful efforts of the search committee to find such a highly qualified pool of finalists to build upon and further his work."
Balfour, who was a Tech faculty member from 1978 to 1988, is both a professor and dean of RPI's School of Architecture. Previously, he served as chairman of the Architectural Association in London and was Smith Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture at Rice University. While at Tech, he was a professor and director of Studies in Architecture.
Throughout his varied positions, he has worked to create strong professional programs and develop innovative graduate degrees.
Balfour received the Topaz Medal in 2000, the highest award for an architecture educator in North America. He was educated at Edinburgh and Princeton and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
His most recent book-written with David McCrone is 'Creating a Scottish Parliament.' He has also written a series of books on the architecture and urbanism of global cities, including 'Shanghai,' 'New York' and 'Berlin.' The American Institute of Architects awarded Balfour the AIA International Book Award for several of his works.
Kalay, a professor of architecture, is a founding member of the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, which strives to 'understand what is new about each new media from cross-disciplinary and global perspectives that emphasize humanities and the public interest.' He served as the center's director from 2004 to 2007.
With a focus on the applications and implications of advances in computing and telecommunications on architectural design methods, processes and products, his current research explores game-based multi-user virtual environments and multi-disciplinary collaborative design.
Kalay also is a founding member of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), of which he is also a past president, and he served as the architecture editor-in-chief of international journal Automation in Construction. He was twice named to the Lady Davis Professorship at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
He has either authored or edited-or both-more than seven books, and has published more than 100 articles.
Since 2002, Scheer has been dean of the College of Architecture + Planning. An authority on urban design and city development, she won the Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism Prize for her writing. She also was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Under her leadership, the college has taken a more active role in the community, becoming involved in 'smart growth' for the region, area redevelopment and design and public transportation issues. As dean, Scheer established new degrees that emphasized social responsibility, environmentalism and urbanism.
In professional practice as an architect and urban designer with the award-winning Scheer & Scheer Inc., she is an appointed member of the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Advisory Committee, the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts Board and the U.S. GSA National Register of Peer Professionals.
Stiftel is associate dean of Graduate Studies, professor of Urban and Regional Planning and a faculty associate of the Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium at FSU. He also is chair of the Committee on the Academy and the Profession in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Research interests include planning theory, planning school performance, and natural resources and environmental planning. He teaches courses in planning theory, environmental planning and environmental dispute resolution, and organizes Preparing Future Faculty events.
Stiftel co-authored, edited or co-edited five books, including 'Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning,' volumes 1 and 2, and more than 15 book chapters. More than 25 journal publications have been written or co-written by him.
He was chair of FSU's Department of Urban and Regional Planning, president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and founding chair of the Global Planning Education Association Network. Formerly co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Stiftel is now reviews editor of Planning Theory and a member of the editorial boards of International Planning Studies, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal for Education in the Built Environment and Town Planning Review.
The search committee, chaired by former Mechanical Engineering Chair Ward Winer, was aided in the search by J. Robert Scott Executive Search firm in Boston.