College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.
Message from the Dean
Friends, colleagues, coworkers, and alumni, greetings.
After a spectacular summer, classes have resumed, and Autumn Quarter is well underway. This year the fall foliage put on quite a show as we welcomed nearly 800 new and returning students to the college. After a year-long search for a new dean, the President and Provost have asked me to continue as dean, and I am honored to continue to serve the college in that role. Looking ahead, I am committed to working with our community of students, faculty, staff, researchers, alumni, and professionals in providing exemplary educational experiences for our students as they prepare for professional careers in the service of society.
A few weeks ago in his campus address, President Young issued a call to action, urging us to do more to address the changing nature of our society and higher education. Discovery and engagement will remain at the heart of our work, whether it be in the classroom, studio, field investigation, or study abroad. We must explore new methods of teaching and learning to create transformative experiences for our students. In his address, President Young used our iconic four columns as themes to inform our work — a commitment to be a university that values access and is experimental, enterprising, and global. As a college, we must use these themes as our guideposts as we identify specific strategic initiatives in which to invest our time and resources.
Each year we add outstanding faculty to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience and to garner a national and international reputation for excellence. This year is no exception. We have added the following new colleagues to our college team:
- The Department of Architecture welcomes Tyler Sprague as a new Assistant Professor. Tyler joined the department as an Acting Assistant Professor last December and, after a national search, was appointed as a tenure track Assistant Professor in September. Tyler is one of our own, as he holds a Ph.D. in the Built Environment earned from our college, as well as an MS in Structural Engineering from the UW. Tyler teaches the Structures classes for the Architecture Department and will teach a history class on Non-Western Architecture in the Spring.
- Architect and engineer Joseph G. Burns from Chicago’s Thornton Tomassetti firm has been named the 2013 Barry Onouye Distinguished Chair holder. His 30+ years in the industry have focused on the inseparable integration of structural engineering and architectural design. He kicked off his appointment with a lecture for the Department of Architecture Fall Lecture Series, and is collaboratively teaching a high-rise studio this quarter with Sam Miller, LMN Architects, and Dave Miller, chair of Architecture.
Our students continue to make us proud, and we congratulate the outstanding team of six construction management students who won first place in the Green Energy Challenge in Washington, D.C. on October 12th. The competition, sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association, involved the analysis of a campus parking structure and the design of retrofits to reduce energy consumption. Competing against student teams from 18 other universities, the students selected the Central Plaza Parking Garage for their analysis and proposal. Selected as a finalist during the summer, the team made their presentation to an audience of 500 people at Annual Convention of the National Electrical Contractors Association beating teams from Iowa State University and Pennsylvania State University.
Our Ph.D. graduates are proudly representing us locally, nationally, and internationally, with recent Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning graduates Bumjoon Kang and So-Ra Baek accepting positions as assistant professors at the University of Buffalo, and Jinh-yun Hong being hired at the University of Glasgow. Our PhD in the Built Environments program alumni are teaching the next generation, with many recent grads accepting Assistant Professor positions. Kuang-ting Huang joined the faculty at Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, and Kuei-Hsien Liao joined the National University of Singapore. Fellow graduate Rahman Azari is at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is on the faculty at the University of Idaho. Ozge Sade is teaching at Bellevue Community College, and of course, we are pleased that Tyler Sprague has joined our own Architecture faculty.
Built Environments students and our professional communities face many challenges today and in the years ahead; but at the same time, there are great opportunities to make significant contributions to society. At no other time has the college held so much potential to help solve some of the most pressing issues facing urban society. It is a privilege for us to stand in partnership with you and all our community members as we work together for a better world.
As always, we would welcome your perspectives.