Kent State Names First Dean of College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kent State University Provost Paul L. Gaston announced last week the appointment
Fong, a former chair of the Programme in Architecture at the University of Toronto, has taught in the graduate-level urban design program and currently is coordinator for the integrated building technology studio.
“Steven Fong is a widely respected and innovative educator, researcher, architect and urban designer,” Gaston says. “He is an outstanding choice to lead the new college in its challenging mission of enriching the physical environment and quality of life in northeast Ohio.”
Fong will serve as the first dean of the college. Kent State’s program, formerly the School of Architecture and Environmental Design, became a college July 1, 2004. Jim Dalton, a former director of the school prior to his retirement, is serving as interim dean until Dec. 1.
“Particularly impressive is Mr. Fong’s mix of academic and professional accomplishments,” says Kent State President Carol A. Cartwright . “His background will be essential as our architecture faculty, students and graduates continue to help communities and organizations re-invent themselves for the new century.”
Fong has received wide recognition during his more than 25 years of academic and professional experience. At the University of Toronto, his research has included investigating new digital modes of communicating urban design densities and exploring architectural fabrication. He also serves on the university’s Planning and Academic Board. Since establishing his professional practice in Toronto in 1989, Fong has consulted on prominent urban design projects in Toronto and throughout the world. He is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Cornell University.
Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the only architectural program in Northeast Ohio, provides students with a comprehensive education for practice in the field and also serves as a major center for research. The university’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative combines the outreach efforts of the Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio with the college’s graduate studies program in urban design.
For more information on the program, visit the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Web site.