A European garden expert, architects from Spain, a geophysicist-turned-architect, a planning and land use expert who has advised communities in Kenya and Uganda, and a former South Carolina trim carpenter—all of these are among the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s newest faculty recruits.
“I am excited to welcome our 11 new faculty members this fall,” Dean Kim Tanzer said. “They will bring their unique and varied experiences from around the world, as well as their collaborative and interdisciplinary teachings to help further the vision of the A-school.”
This year’s cohort of incoming faculty is larger than usual—more than twice the 2011 volume of hires—and the culmination of a year-long search process full of interviews and committee work.
In addition to filling gaps in important areas of expertise, the appointments represent the School’s broader, continued effort to internationalize the curriculum, promote civic engagement, and build collaborative, multidisciplinary links across departments—and beyond to other schools at U.Va.
Landscape architect and historian Michael Lee has been named the A-school’s Reuben McCorkle Rainey Professor in the History of Landscape Architecture. A published author specializing in the intersection of philosophy, literature, and landscape design in Europe, Lee was most recently a postdoctoral associate at Dumbarton Oaks—the Harvard-run research library and collection in Washington, DC.
Other incoming faculty include Virginia Teaching Fellow Brian Osborn, who founded and directs BOTH Landscape and Architecture firm in New York and is visiting for the next two years from Rutgers University, as well as returning A-school faculty member Jeana Ripple, whose knowledge of computing as applied to design will be invaluable to the Department of Architecture. Ripple previously taught at the A-school from 2006 to 2008.
Newly appointed as an associate professor, Suzanne Moomaw will continue using her varied experience in Community and Economic Development to strengthen the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the A-school, where she has been teaching since 2009.
All new School of Architecture faculty for fall 2012 are listed below by department, with links to more details about their backgrounds.
Department of Architecture:
Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh, Lecturer
Matthew Jull, Assistant Professor
Esther Lorenz, Lecturer
Seth McDowell, Assistant Professor
Jordi Nebot, Lecturer
Jeana Ripple, Assistant Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture:
Teresa Galí-Izard, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Michael Lee, Reuben McCorkle Rainey Professor in the History of Landscape Architecture/Associate Professor
Brian Osborn, Visiting Lecturer
Leena Cho, Visiting Lecturer
Department of Urban and Environmental Planning:
Ellen Bassett, Associate Professor
Suzanne Morse Moomaw, Associate Professor