Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 21, 2004
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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
April 21, 2004

Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts Announces Laura Lee as New Head of the School of Architecture

PITTSBURGH—Laura Lee, faculty member in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture since 1988, has been appointed head of the school, effective July 1, 2004. Lee succeeds Vivian Loftness, who has announced she will step down when her term ends in June 2004. She will return to the School of Architecture faculty.

Martin Prekop, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts commends Loftness' achievements. "The College of Fine Arts is thankful for Vivian's vision to position the school as one of the most progressive programs in the nation," he said. "Laura represents the best of Carnegie Mellon leadership. She is well respected in the field of architecture and will bring excellent leadership to enhance the reputation of the school."

Lee hopes to build upon the strengths and resources of Carnegie Mellon and the College of Fine Arts and direct the School of Architecture to become the national leading model for integrated and applied design education, research and practice.

"By engaging students, faculty and alumni, I aim to increase collaboration with the other four schools in the College of Fine Arts, with other disciplines at Carnegie Mellon, and with other academic institutions, industry and practice," said Lee. "With the perspective that design is the critical knowledge of the future and is inherently an interdisciplinary act, the role of the school is to prepare aspiring architects to make contributions in the world, to establish and maintain channels of mutual influence, and to serve as conduits for the exchange of knowledge and innovations."

Lee teaches courses in design studio, professional practice, the interdisciplinary arts workshop and architecture for non-majors. In addition to her teaching experience at Carnegie Mellon, Lee has taught at the Higher Institute of Architecture in Antwerp, Belgium; Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Michigan where she received her master of architecture degree.

She has lectured in North America and in Europe and has presented and published many papers including "Cities for Buildings: Building for Cities" and "Architecture from Art" and co-authored "Uncovering the City: Architectural Dialogues," an exhibit that traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

This year she received her Fellowship in the American Institute for Architects (FAIA) for advancing the science and art of building by advancing architectural education, training and practice.

The School of Architecture is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about Laura Lee or for more information on the School of Architecture, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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