NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) is pleased to announce that world-renowned architect and global design educator Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, has been named president and chief academic officer, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Malecha, who most recently served as the Dean of the College of Design and Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University, has more than 40 years of experience in academic leadership, architecture and global design education. Since 2010, he served as a member of the NewSchool Board of Directors.
“President Marvin Malecha has long been an advocate for the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, and as a board member, he has been deeply committed to our mission and the success of our students, faculty, and alumni,” said Vivian Sanchez, interim president and chair, NewSchool Board of Directors. “As a highly awarded architect and educational leader, President Malecha’s proven transformational leadership has instilled our confidence in his ability to guide NewSchool as we fulfill our ambitious plans for innovation in global design education and continued academic excellence. President Malecha brings a strong vision that will propel NewSchool forward as a leading global design institution.”
Malecha served as the dean of the college of design for North Carolina State from 1994 until Dec. 2015, and for 12 years prior, was dean of the college of environmental design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
“I am eager to join NewSchool of Architecture & Design in this leadership capacity and look forward to fostering an environment where design-thinking is considered essential language of the creative discipline,” said President Marvin Malecha. “As an intimate, tight-knit university community, I’ve witnessed how NewSchool has a certain agility, which is critical during a time when design and innovation are all about agility. The faculty and students here have a thirst to push design in new directions and to innovate.
San Diego is an emerging new urban center that’s truly unique and an interesting mix of high-tech, higher education and research, paired with a young population that’s remaking the image of the city. I see a real convergence of energy here and look forward to pushing open the doors so practitioners and instructors can collaborate freely in discourse, connecting students with the practice of their discipline and broadening their perspectives.”
Malecha is a highly awarded architect, thought leader and academic innovator, and has received the Excellence in Education Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), California Council and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. Malecha was ranked second nationally in 2005 for his influence on practice among architectural educators in the U.S. by Design Intelligence magazine and in 2006 the magazine named him Architectural Educator of the Year.
He is the only American educator to have been recognized as an honorary member of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and was also named Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in 2002 for creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design scholarship, research or service. He received the prestigious 2003 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education from the AIA and Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and, in 2006, was inducted into Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.
“I am excited and energized for the future of both NewSchool and of design education,” said Malecha. “It’s one of my goals to promote design as a continuum, and we as educators are setting students on the path to always learn and innovate.”
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