Adam Marcus Named Among Top 30 Design Educators in U.S.

ACM headshot.jpgCass Gilbert Design Fellow and architecture assistant professor Adam Marcus has been named one of the top 30 most admired design educators for 2013 by DesignIntelligence (DI) magazine. DI selects educators from the disciplines of architecture, interior design, industrial design, and landscape architecture who exemplify excellence in design education leadership. The University's graduate programs for architecture and interior design were recognized in this year's rankings, along with Ruth Tofle, interior design department chair at the University of Missouri (Home Economics MA '74 and PhD '78), who was also named a top 30 design educator by DI for 2013.

Regarding Marcus, DI notes: "Marcus provides his own brand of excellence that challenges students while trusting and respecting the unique differences they bring to the future of the profession."

"I'm honored to be included in a group of such fine educators," said Marcus. "As the Cass Gilbert Fellow, I've had the great opportunity to pursue my own research interests through teaching a number of design studios at both undergraduate and graduate levels. I share this recognition by Design Intelligence with both the dedicated students and terrific faculty with whom I have collaborated. The School's innovative curriculum and strong leadership fosters a truly productive academic environment, and it's been very rewarding to contribute to this dynamic mix."

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College of Design faculty regularly appear in the DI rankings: architecture professor and College of Design dean Thomas Fisher (2008-2010, 2012); architecture professor and head Renee Cheng (2011, 2012); interior design professor Denise Guerin (2009, 2011); and interior design associate professor Abimbola Asojo (2010).

The 2013 DI rankings put the architecture graduate program among the top ten in the Midwest. The School of Architecture was also recognized for being a "strong integrator of design disciplines," and having the "strongest community relationships" and "best buildings and facilities" in comparison to all other architecture programs in the country. 

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The Interior Design graduate program ranked among the most admired in the 2013 DI survey "for its strong research and faculty." Earlier this year the Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) renewed the Interior Design program's accreditation for the next six years - making the Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree continuously accredited since the inception of CIDA (formerly FIDER) over 40 years ago. In their analysis, the CIDA commission reported that during their on-site review of the program, the visiting team did not identify any weaknesses.

Multiple University alumni also made the DI 2013 Leadership Index. Those award-winning graduates include: Dan Avchen, HGA, (B.Arch '72); William Chilton, Pickard Chilton, (M.Arch '80); and Ed Kodet, Kodet Architectural Group, (M.Arch '69).

Jon Buggy (BED, B.Arch '84), William Chilton (M.Arch '80), and Steve Fiskum (B.Arch '73) are currently members of the DesignIntelligence Design Futures Council (DFC) executive board. The DFC is an interdisciplinary network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment.


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