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Daphne Spain To Chair Department Of Urban And Environmental Planning At U.Va.

September 9, 2003 -- Professor Daphne Spain has been named chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

“Spain brings a wealth of administrative expertise to this appointment as well as a very distinguished academic record of research and writing on the social and cultural aspects of the public realm,” said Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture. “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to work with Daphne Spain in the coming years.”

Spain, a faculty member at the School of Architecture since 1985, held a joint appointment for four years between two departments: sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and planning in the School of Architecture. After moving fulltime to planning, she served as the associate dean of the School of Architecture from 1989 to 1995 and as acting dean in 1994. She teaches urban theory and public policy, planning history and undergraduate research methods. In 1999, Spain was honored with the University’s Harrison Teaching Award for excellence in graduate teaching.

Spain earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and worked as a statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau and as a free-lance writer before joining U.Va.’s planning faculty. Her publications include “Gendered Spaces” (UNC Press, 1992) and “Balancing Act: Motherhood, Marriage, and Employment among American Women” (with Suzanne Bianchi, Russell Sage Foundation, 1996). Her most recent book, “How Women Saved the City” (University of Minnesota Press, 2001), explores how women, through their volunteer efforts, were responsible for transforming America’s urban landscape by building institutions that served the urban poor during the years of Reconstruction and immigration.

Spain has received research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Her work has been featured on the PBS documentary “The First Measured Century,” and on “The Jim Lehrer NewsHour.” Spain is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association, a member of the Urban Affairs Association Governing Board and a past member of the Governing Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

The University of Virginia School of Architecture offers nine degree programs in four disciplines (architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, urban and environmental planning). Approximately 350 undergraduate and 170 graduate students are enrolled for the 2003-04 school year. The school’s graduate programs were ranked sixth in the country in the U.S. News and World Report’s most recent rankings (1997) for graduate architecture programs.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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