A Message from Interim Dean Elizabeth Danze
January 11, 2017

A new year brings fresh perspective. As we reflect on a particularly eventful 2016, we are ready to move forward and build upon our accomplishments. Students and faculty return to campus after a fall semester filled with collaboration and innovation toward the betterment of society. Our community achieved excellence amidst challenging ideas, demanding studio work, rigorous exams, and an uncertain political environment. It was a semester we can all be proud of. The cycle begins again this spring, and although we will continue to face challenges, we also see endless opportunity on the horizon.
We enter 2017 with a strong sense of purpose and renewed commitment to our work. I am optimistic about our collective potential at UTSOA. Architecture, with its dynamic disciplines, has the capability to solve complex problems that have an impact on everyone. It shapes the way we live, how we connect with each other, and our relationship with our environment. It reaches beyond geographic and political boundaries. Architecture respects our shared past while continually looking toward the future. Our work can shape a landscape that unites, inspires, and improves our society. I believe that architects have a unique opportunity to affect positive change that is more relevant – and more important – now than ever before.
In the year to come, UTSOA will lead a new transportation consortium centered on interdisciplinary collaboration to improve mobility in megaregions, advance the recently established Race, Gender, and the Built Environment Initiative, and welcome a new dean. Our students, faculty, and alumni will continue to conduct forward-looking research and scholarship, produce award-winning designs, and advocate for their vision of the future.
I am pleased to report that our undergraduate and graduate Architecture Programs rose in the 2016-17 DesignIntelligence rankings to take the #6 and #12 spots, respectively. In addition, our own Chris Long has been named the recipient of the 2016-17 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor Award. The success of UTSOA lies with its people. I have the pleasure of working with the best students, an excellent faculty, and an exceptionally dedicated staff. I have no doubt we have an unprecedented bright year ahead of us.
Elizabeth Danze, FAIA
Interim Dean

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Photo of Elizabeth Danze by Patrick Wong
Elizabeth Danze, Photo by Patrick Wong of Atelier Wong Photography