From time to time, we try to present relevant news from the world of academia here on our DawnTown blog. Since we are about promoting the architecture scene of Miami to the rest of world, it is only fitting that we discuss where some of our architects are educated. South Florida is unique in that it home to a large community of design schools: Broward College, Miami Dade College, FIU, FAU, and UM. This summer there will be a new addition to this community: Dr. Rodolphe el-Khoury. El-Khoury will be taking over as Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, filling in the position that Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk held for 18 years. It was announced today in a University press release that he will be assuming the role come July 1st. Below is an excerpt from the announcement:
An academic with more than 26 years of experience in the field, el-Khoury joined the faculty at John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in 2005. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, el-Khoury found his passion early in life. During his stellar career, he has taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Hong Kong, Princeton University and Columbia University among others.
“I am thrilled to join the University of Miami School of Architecture,” said el-Khoury. “The UM School of Architecture has changed the world as the breeding ground for the New Urbanism. It has an amazing history and continues to have an important role in the field.”
To read the full announcement from the University of Miami, please click here for the release. DawnTown welcomes you to Miami Dr. el-Khoury!
Below is a recent TED talk he gave at TEDxTORONTO