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William H. Sherman Named Chairman Of New Department Of Architecture And Landscape Architecture

September 9, 2003 -- William H. Sherman, Mario di Valmarana Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, has been named chairman of the newly formed Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture by Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture.

“I couldn't be more pleased to announce our selection of Bill Sherman as the chairman of our new Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, said Van Lengen, who believes the school is the first school of architecture to reflect in its structure the emergent trend of design-based disciplines informing one another. “Sherman is a distinguished teacher, architect and a prominent leader in this school of architecture. He has demonstrated his multidimensional leadership qualities in his recently completed term as associate dean for academics, and in his exciting design for the south building addition to the architecture school.”

Long a proponent of multidisciplinary work, Sherman anticipates opening fresh perspectives for research and teaching through the joining of the disciplines at the department level.

“We are formalizing a pre-existing relationship between architecture and landscape architecture in order to support new opportunities in many areas of exploration,” Sherman said.

Sherman plans to expand avenues for research collaboration between faculty and also between faculty members and students. Upcoming projects will include the launch of a publishing program to promote collaborative work, the development of a series of workshops led by visiting theorists, and the continuation of digital explorations in design and practice.

Sherman holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and earned his master’s in architecture from Yale University. He held faculty positions at Rice University and the University of Miami prior to joining U.Va. in 1994. Most recently, he was the associate dean of academics and director of the graduate-level Venice program in the U.Va. School of Architecture. In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, Sherman has led an active architecture design practice for the past 25 years. His work has received a number of awards from the American Institute of Architects and has been published in Progressive Architecture and Architecture magazines. Sherman is one of several faculty members who recently designed additions to the School of Architecture’s Campbell Hall. His design will provide an on-site demonstration of architecture and landscape architecture for students. Groundbreaking for the additions is expected to take place in 2005.

In assuming the new chairmanship, Sherman succeeds Judith Kinnard, former chairwoman of the Department of Architecture, and Elizabeth K. Meyer, former chairwoman of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Associate Professor Julie Bargmann directs the program in Landscape Architecture.

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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