Amale Andraos, who earned her B.Arch., from McGill in 1996, has been appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. The appointment is effective Sept. 1.
In making the announcement on Aug. 13, Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger praised Andraos for being in the vanguard of a new breed of architects. “An inspiring teacher, a respected colleague, and a pioneering practitioner whose innovative commissions in cities around the world have earned widespread admiration, Amale is a new leader among a rising generation of creative architects and designers of our physical environment,” said Bollinger. “She is just the kind of person who can further expand the role of the School as a centre of interdisciplinary thinking across Columbia about how to develop a more just and sustainable society.”
An associate professor at GSAPP and a principal at the New York-based firm WORKac, Andraos is a leading voice on urbanism and globalization, and related environmental and social concerns. She has worked on such noteworthy projects as the Blaffer Museum in Houston, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan, and the Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem.