Reappointment of Professor Richard M. Sommer as Dean, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design


PDAD&C#28, 2013-14

To:  Faculty, Staff and Students of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:  December 4, 2013

Re:

Reappointment of Professor Richard M. Sommer as Dean, John H. Daniels Faculty of
Architecture, Landscape, and Design
cc:  President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin


I am very pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the reappointment of Professor Richard Sommer as Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019.

Professor Sommer has demonstrated outstanding leadership since 2009 as Dean of the Daniels Faculty. He has led a review of the Daniels Faculty curriculum resulting in interdisciplinary innovations. He has expanded the scope of the Faculty by facilitating the moves of the undergraduate program in architecture and the programs and faculty of the Department of Visual Studies to the Daniels Faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Science. Further, Professor Sommer's ability to develop significant relationships with alumni, design professionals, and business leaders has resulted in incredible advancement success in support of the Faculty's new facility on One Spadina Circle. Together these changes have set the Daniels Faculty on an exciting path of growth and innovation. Through the public programming he has organized at Daniels, and as Chair of the University's Design Review Committee, Professor Sommer has also provided leadership on design issues at the University.

Professor Sommer is an architect and urbanist. Before joining U of T, he was a member of the Architecture and Urban Design Faculty at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design for more than a decade, where he served as Director of Urban Design Programs. In addition to practicing in Boston, New York and San Francisco, Professor Sommer has held other academic appointments, visiting professorships and residencies at prestigious universities in the United States and in Europe. He served as a regional and national design resource for the Mayors' Institute on City Design, a partnership program of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts and The U.S. Conference of Mayors. Professor Sommer received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from The Rhode Island School of Design and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University.

In addition to his interest in repositioning architecture within the context of broad trends in urbanization, Professor Sommer's research has focused on monument-making in society's aspiring towards democracy, with a particular focus on "America". Professor Sommer's writings and projects have been published in many prestigious journals and magazines, including Perspecta, JAE, The Harvard Design Magazine, Critical/Productive and the books Commemoration in America: Essays on Monuments, Memorialization, and Memory, Fast-Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture's Engagement with the City, and Shaping the City: Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design, among others. During his career, support for Professor Sommer's research has included awards and grants from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, The Wheelwright Fellowship, The LEF Foundation, and The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Sommer on his reappointment.