Amale Andraos Appointed Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed Amale Andraos as the next dean of the university's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She is currently associate professor of architecture, planning, and preservation at the school and a principal at New York-based WORKac. The appointment is effective on September 1.

"An inspiring teacher, a respected colleague, and a pioneering practitioner whose innovative commissions in cities around the world have earned widespread admiration, Amale is a new leader among a rising generation of creative architects and designers of our physical environment," Bollinger said in a statement. "She is just the kind of person who can further expand the role of the School as a center of interdisciplinary thinking across Columbia about how to develop a more just and sustainable society."

Andraos has written and presented widely on urbanism and globalization and related environmental and social concerns while also applying them in practice. Some of her noteworthy projects include a new conference center in Gabon, the master plan for seven new university campuses in China, the Blaffer Museum in Houston, the Children's Museum of the Arts in Manhattan, and the Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem.              

"Columbia is already a leader in addressing the challenges of high-speed urbanization around the globe, and I believe it can lead in recasting architecture in dialogue with our urban societies and the natural environment," Andraos said in a statement. "This is a school whose creativity and diversity of global perspectives makes it an ideal place to consider these large issues and ideas, and I am honored by the opportunity to continue and expand on work that Mark Wigley has done in welcoming people like me to the conversation."

Andraos joined the faculty at Columbia in 2011. In the preceding decade she taught at Princeton, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, New York Institute of Technology, Ohio State's Knowlton School of Architecture and the American University of Beirut. Before cofounding WORKac in 2003, she worked with acclaimed architect Rem Koolhaas in his Rotterdam and New York offices.

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