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University of Hong Kong's Jonathan Solomon named associate dean at Syracuse Architecture

June 15, 2012

Elaine Wackerow
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Syracuse University School of Architecture has announced the appointment of Jonathan D. Solomon as associate dean and associate professor, effective July 1. 

In his new role, Solomon will work with the dean to develop and implement the mission of the school and help to define its strategic academic vision. In addition, he will develop new academic initiatives to achieve greater integration of research, teaching and global programs within the increasingly interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial milieu of the University, while sustaining the excellence and diversity of its programs, faculty and students.

solomon“Jonathan’s breadth of experience in the area of contemporary architecture on a global scale and his ability to negotiate between divergent constituencies will be a tremendous asset to the future of the school’s program," says Mark Robbins, dean of the School of Architecture.

An American architect based in Hong Kong, Solomon has been an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong, where he led its department of architecture as acting head from 2009–2012. His research and creative work explores public space and the contemporary city from the scale of the individual building to the urban plan, including projects such as Ooi Botos Gallery–a converted Hong Kong shophouse–to publications such as "13 Projects for the Sheridan Expressway" and "306090 books," a series he co-founded in 2001. His new co-authored book, "Cities Without Ground," explores the relationship between climate and public space in the unique three-dimensional urbanism of Hong Kong. Curatorial projects include "Workshopping" in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. 

Solomon has lectured and exhibited his work in North America, Europe and Asia, and has previously taught design at the City College of New York and at the University at Buffalo as a Barnham Fellow. Solomon received his bachelor of arts in urban studies from Columbia University, and his master of architecture and certificate in media and modernity from Princeton University.

“I look forward to playing an active role in the future of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University,” says Solomon. “I’ve long had respect for the initiatives fostered by Dean Mark Robbins and look forward to new challenges and opportunities within the school.”

Solomon follows Syracuse Architecture Professor Randall Korman, who has been associate dean since 2009. Korman will take on the role of acting dean on July 1.

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