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March 9, 2006

Daniel S. Friedman named dean of Architecture and Urban Planning

UW Provost Phyllis Wise has announced the selection of Daniel S. Friedman, director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as the next dean of the UW’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective July 1. The appointment is subject to the approval of the UW Board of Regents at the board’s next meeting.

“We are delighted to have someone of Daniel Friedman’s caliber coming to lead our outstanding College of Architecture and Urban Planning,” said Wise. “He is truly an architect for the 21st century and is at the forefront of new thinking in the field of architecture, design and urban planning. He fully appreciates the importance of building sustainable structures, the impact of the built environment on the quality of our lives, and developing a generation of students who are prepared to tackle these challenges. We look forward to his strong, consultative, and inspiring leadership that will help to bring even greater prominence to the College.”

“The achievements of (the college) continually demonstrate the transformative power of design, in the broadest possible sense, regionally and globally, across every environmental discipline,” Friedman said. “No faculty in the country is more committed to sustainability, craft, healthy urban development, and ecological integrity. I am tremendously optimistic about the College and its students, and feel especially grateful for the chance to participate in its growing contribution to our professions and to the UW vision.”

Friedman has been director of the School of Architecture at UIC since 2003. During his tenure, he developed the school’s five-year strategic plan, secured its most recent six-year accreditation, advanced improvements to the undergraduate and graduate curricula, instituted weekly convocations on architecture and public policy, led the initiative for a new post-professional graduate degree in healthcare design, and oversaw the student design and construction of interior renovations to the Art and Architecture building. While at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Friedman consulted on the campus master plan and chaired the Campus Design Review committee.

Prior to that, Friedman taught at the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati from 1990 to 2002, serving his last two years there as school director.

Friedman holds a master’s in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, and master’s of science and doctoral degrees in architectural theory from the University of Pennsylvania.

Friedman writes and lectures widely on professional ethics and education, public architecture, and twentieth century theory. He is the co-founder and past editor of Practices magazine; and co-editor of Plumbing: Sounding Modern Architecture, an anthology of critical and theoretical essays on geometry and hygiene. He has contributed numerous articles to professional journals, magazines, and critical anthologies. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001.

This past December, Friedman led the 2005 Midwestern session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, which paired mayors from eight regional cities with 12 leading Chicago architects, each of whom undertook selected design problems related to transportation infrastructure and land use. He is a member of the Chicago Design Initiative, which directly advises the city’s Commissioner of Planning and Development on issues related to zoning, design, and urban development.

Friedman currently serves on the national American Institute of Architects’ Board Knowledge committee and its Chicago board of directors. He is 2007 chair of the the association’s College of Fellows’ Latrobe Prize jury, which biennially awards a $100,000 grant in support of a single, exemplary program of applied research; past president of the association’ Cincinnati chapter and past secretary of its Ohio chapter. In 2005, Friedman served as program chair of the association’s national convention.

His salary will be $214,000.

The UW College of Architecture and Urban Planning provides education that leads to careers in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning and construction management. It also offers liberal arts-based undergraduate, nonprofessional and post-professional programs. Its 700 students have the opportunity to gain real-life experience through community building, landscape projects and design/build projects abroad, where students are challenged to apply their skills to a real world setting as they build permanent structures with materials native to the site.