Dagmar Richter to chair Department of Architecture

May 8, 2009

Dagmar Richter has been appointed chair of Cornell University’s Department of Architecture, effective July 1, 2009. Richter is a leading figure in contemporary architecture as an internationally acclaimed educator, designer, and author. Richter comes to Cornell from U.C.L.A. where she has been a professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design since 1989. 

Educated at the University of Stuttgart, the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen, and the Städel School in Frankfurt, she has practiced and taught throughout Europe and the United States including London, Paris, Oslo, Berlin, and New York City. 

“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be able to welcome Dagmar to Cornell,” said Kent Kleinman, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. “Dagmar is a colleague of the highest distinction. She brings strong leadership, a cooperative spirit, a great deal of energy, and a progressive vision that will ensure the architecture department will remain among the best in the world.” 

Richter has taught and lectured at leading architectural programs around the world and held professorships at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union, Columbia University, and the Art Academy in Berlin and in Stuttgart. 

“I am thrilled and feel very honored to have been appointed chair of Cornell University’s Department of Architecture and can not wait to work closely with the students, faculty, and the administration,” said Richter. “I hope that my international experience as an educator, designer, and critic will help to build consensus amongst the faculty and the students to let me lead us all forward into the twenty-first century.” 

Richter is the principal of DR_D, a design research practice in Berlin and Los Angeles, known for its inventive design approach and research-oriented experiments. Her work focuses on rethinking methods of architectural design in a global economy and high-speed cultural forum and produced with a rapidly evolving computerized technology. 

Her design work has garnered numerous prestigious competition prizes and awards including second prize for the design of the National Library of Denmark in Copenhagen and a first prize for an office-park design for the Shinkenshiku Membrane competition in Japan. Richter’s work is the subject of two monographs:

XYZ: The Architecture of Dagmar Richter (Princeton Architectural Press) and Armed Surfaces: Architecture and Urbanisms 5 (Black Dog Press).

Her writings have been published in Assemblage, AD, A+U, Daidalos, and many other publications in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Japan, and the U.S. Her work has been exhibited internationally including shows at the Louisiana Art Museum in Copenhagen, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

At Cornell, Richter joins an institution that has been an international leader in its field throughout its more than 130 years teaching architectural theory, practice, and history. Cornell’s renowned undergraduate architecture program, the only one in the Ivy League, is ranked number one in the nation while its graduate programs are consistently ranked in the top 10. With locations in Ithaca, Rome, and New York City, the programs educate students to be the leaders in a highly competitive global field of architectural practice and education. Richter succeeds interim Chair Mark Cruvellier who will continue teaching at Cornell.

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