Cruvellier, Beard, and Sabin Appointed Associate Deans of AAP

July 24, 2019

The Office of the Dean has announced that faculty members Mark R. Cruvellier, Victoria A. Beard, and Jenny E. Sabin have been appointed to associate deans of AAP, effective July 1, 2019.

"We welcome the combined expertise and vision that professors Cruvellier, Beard, and Sabin will bring to the new associate deanships," said Dean J. Meejin Yoon, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of AAP. "They will provide forward-thinking leadership to the college's commitment to excellence and innovation in education, research, scholarship, and creative practice."

Cruvellier, the Nathaniel and Margaret Owings Distinguished Alumni Memorial Professor in Architecture, has assumed the position of senior associate dean for academic affairs. In his role, Cruvellier will provide guidance on the academic mission of the college, oversee processes and procedures relative to faculty searches and promotions, cochair the steering committee for the Cornell in Rome and AAP NYC programs, and chair the university-mandated college Academic Integrity Hearing Board with support from the college’s assistant dean for education and the director of student services.

At Cornell since 1991, Cruvellier's expertise with the form, behavior, and conceptual basis of structures is widely recognized. He is coauthor of the recently published books The Structural Basis of Architecture, third edition (Routledge, 2019); and Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture (Routledge, 2017). He served as chair of the Department of Architecture for 12 years, most recently through June 2017. Prior to coming to Cornell, Cruvellier worked in New York City on the structural analysis of some of that city's tallest and most slender buildings, and in Vancouver, British Columbia, on several unusual bridge designs. He earned his Ph.D. at McGill University specializing in the computer modeling of tall buildings.

Beard, who is a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, has been appointed associate dean for research initiatives. In this role, Beard will develop new initiatives that support research in the college and work across units to increase research capacity.

Beard's academic research and areas of expertise include international development planning and comparative urbanization with a focus on the Global South, urban inequality and poverty, and urban infrastructure planning, specifically water and sanitation. From 2015 to 2017, Beard served as director of research for the Ross Center for Cities at the World Resources Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in community and regional planning from the University of British Columbia; an M.A. in urban planning from University of California–Los Angeles; and a B.A. in urban studies and planning from the University of California–San Diego.

Sabin, as the new associate dean for design initiatives, will develop initiatives that support design innovation in the college and collaborative initiatives around design across the university. She will advance conversations, strategies, and programs around design that further AAPs contributions in this domain to the university and the fields.

Sabin is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and director of graduate studies. She specializes in adaptive architecture, bioinspired design, material computation, programmable matter, sustainability, responsive materials, digital ceramics, biomimicry, and Kirigami geometry. Sabin developed the M.S., Matter Design Computation program to enhance offerings in design and emerging technologies. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Ithaca and director of the Sabin Lab at Cornell AAP. She holds degrees in ceramics and interdisciplinary visual art from the University of Washington and a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. 

"I am excited by the possibilities that the combined wisdom, knowledge, and creativity of professors Cruvellier, Beard, and Sabin will bring to AAP,” said Yoon.

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