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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
May 15, 2003

Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Head Receives University's Top Honor

PITTSBURGH—Vivian Loftness, one of the nation's premier architects, has been named a University Professor by Carnegie Mellon University. It is the university's highest academic recognition.

Loftness is the head of the university's School of Architecture. The school is a leader in advanced building systems, green architecture and urban design. She encourages faculty to support a multidisciplinary approach to architecture.

Her research advances the understanding of spatial quality, thermal, visual, acoustic and air quality, as well as long-term building integrity, through effective architectural decision-making, systems integration and improvements in the building delivery process.

"Vivian Loftness is most deserving of the recognition of university professorship. It is a testament to Vivian's achievements worldwide in architecture teaching and research," said Martin Prekop, the Gumberg Family Dean of the College of Fine Arts. "I am delighted that she has received Carnegie Mellon's highest, most prestigious academic honor."

Loftness provides technical consulting and research in the areas of energy conservation, passive design and building climatology for the Department of Energy, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Endowment for the Arts and the World Meteorological Organization. Her private sector design and consulting work has led to the design and construction of numerous energy-conserving buildings here and abroad.

University Professor is Carnegie Mellon's highest academic rank, and it bestows both honor and obligation on its recipient. University Professors are drawn from all of Carnegie Mellon's colleges and schools. Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon and Provost Mark Kamlet, along with the Board of Trustees, determine who will be promoted to University Professor.

The School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University focuses on the fundamental knowledge students need for an exciting multidisciplinary career dealing with the built environment. The School of Architecture is one of five schools within the College of Fine Arts. Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about Vivian Loftness or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765, email or visit


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