Andrea Simitch Named One of the 25 Most Admired Educators

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Andrea Simitch speaking during studio presentations in August. photo / Andre Hafner

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October 16, 2017

Andrea Simitch, associate professor and chair of the architecture department, has been named as one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2017–18 by DesignIntelligence (DI). Simitch is the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and teaches classes in architectural design, architectural representation, and furniture design.

In the announcement, DI called Simitch "an excellent educator, role model, and promoter of women in the field of architecture, dedicated to research, pedagogy, and professional practice," citing her "strong desire to see students grow." The list of most admired educators is compiled each year with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students, as well as educators in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture.

"Teaching has always been what I value most. It is heartwarming to see that students' and colleagues' input has somehow acknowledged this, and great to be in such good company," said Simitch. "To design is such a rewarding practice, and to have been able to share that passion with students over the years has been truly rewarding."

DI also conducts the annual survey of America's best architecture and design schools that is published in Architectural Record. Cornell University retained its leading position for undergraduate programs nationwide, and the professional Master of Architecture program (M.Arch.) is ranked number three in the 2018 rankings.

By Patti Witten