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William Morrish, Noted Community Designer, To Join Architecture Faculty At The University Of Virginia

February 21, 2001-- William Morrish, one of the nation’s leading community designers and a principal in the Minneapolis design consulting firm CITYWEST, will join the faculty of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia in fall 2001.

Morrish joins the faculty as one of the first interdisciplinary appointments, in the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Environmental Planning. He will participate in the School of Architecture’s award-winning graduate course, Quest for Order, which explores themes, issues, values, and methodologies common to the school’s four disciplines. In addition, he will lead a coordinated Options Studio for landscape architecture and architecture students and a planning workshop course.

"His energetic and informed approach to the design of the environment, from the scale of a building to a landscape to a first-ring suburb plan, highlights Morrish's synthetic approach to education," said Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture.

Noted for his engagement of citizens in the design process and consensus building, and his experience with a diverse range of projects in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul over the past 10 years, Morrish comes to U.Va. from the University of Minnesota, where he held the Dayton Hudson Chair in Architecture and Urban Design and was co-founder and director of the Design Center for the New American Landscape there.

"His well known work as Director of the Center for the New American Landscape in Minneapolis will be a terrific background for new projects here in Charlottesville," Van Lengen said.

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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