Transitions: May, 2004

May 15, 2004 · by DesignIntelligence

Selected Transitions, compiled from the print edition of DesignIntelligence.

Laura Lee, faculty member in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture since 1988, has been appointed head of the school, effective July 1. Lee succeeds Vivian Loftness, who announced she would step down when her term ended in June 2004. Loftness will remain a faculty member at the School of Architecture.

Philip J. Johnsson has joined 78-year-old firm Loebl Schlossman & Hackl as a Project Architect. A Swedish native who practiced in Germany, Johnson adds an international vocabulary to design and construction technology.

Mohsen Mostafavi has been named new dean at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. He starts July 1. Previously, Mostafavi served as director of the Master of Architecture 1 Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Severns, Reid & Associates of Champaign, Ill. has merged with RATIO Architects of Indianapolis.

Architect and self-made millionaire Andrew Doolan died unexpectedly on April 27 at age 52. An entrepreneur and developer, Doolan was one of the youngest men ever made a Fellow of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. He was behind regeneration schemes in Edinburgh’s Bread Street, Glasgow’s Ingram Square and Dublin’s storied Temple Bar. At press time the cause of death was unknown. Doolan will also be remembered for his legacy as donor for Britain’s largest architectural prize: the £25,000 annual RIAS award for Scotland’s best new building.

Author and architect Barbara A. Nadel has released the new book Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design. The book offers 31 chapters and more than 600 illustrations on topics centering around post-Sept. 11 security design, including “how to conduct risk analysis and achieve transparent security, invisible to the public eye, instead of resorting to obvious barriers.” World Trade Center and Pentagon case studies are included, along with safety/security strategies for more than 20 building types—including arenas, courthouses, religious institutions, museums and historic buildings.

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