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Randall Korman named interim dean of School of Architecture

May 17, 2012

Sara Miller
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Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina today named Associate Dean Randall Korman as interim dean-designate of the School of Architecture. Korman will assume the interim deanship on July 1, when School of Architecture Dean Mark Robbins will depart the University and begin his new position as executive director of the International Center of Photography in New York City.

kormanSpina received considerable input from the school’s faculty and staff regarding the interim dean position, with Korman receiving very strong support from his colleagues for this position.

“Randall Korman is superbly positioned to lead the School of Architecture at this time of transition,” says Spina. “He has proven himself time and again to his colleagues within the school and across campus through his outstanding work in leadership roles over the course of his three decades here. With exceptional breadth and depth of experience, keen intellect, and characteristic collegiality, we know he will maintain the impressive momentum built by the faculty and Dean Robbins as we conduct an international search for a new leader of the school.”

A faculty member at the school for more than 30 years, Korman has taught at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2009, he was named associate dean, serving as a senior member of the dean's cabinet and helping advance the school's academic and fiscal agendas. From 2005-2008, he served as interim associate dean and has also headed both the undergraduate (1990-1996) and graduate (1982-1989) architecture programs.

Korman has played a significant role in support of architectural study abroad. Between1980-1982, he established the Syracuse University Florence Architecture Program, and served as the SU Florence Center director and resident chair in 1989-90. In 2001-2003 he returned to Florence to direct the architecture program and oversee the move to new studio facilities. In 2007, he was instrumental in establishing the Syracuse Architecture Program in London. He has also organized and run short-term study programs in Austria, Great Britain and Russia, and has been a visiting professor at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan.

During a leave in the spring of 2009, Korman was the Batza Visiting Professor of Art and History at Colgate University. The Batza chair was established in 1997 and is awarded every two years to distinguished artists and art historians who serve as visiting faculty members for one semester; Korman was the first architect to receive this prestigious award.

Korman received his baccalaureate degree in architecture from the Cooper Union and a master’s degree in advanced architectural design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Between 1972-1974 he was a post-graduate intern at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City and worked in the architectural offices of Kenneth Frampton, Peter Eisenman and Michael Graves. He established his own practice, Randall Korman, Architect, in 1975, with a range of work including commercial, institutional and residential projects. He is a registered architect in New York and Pennsylvania and has an N.C.A.R.B. certificate.

Spina plans to meet with the architecture faculty next week to discuss the dean search process, which is expected to commence immediately.

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