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Caroline Constant named Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Planning

Dean Monica Ponce de Leon announced the recommendation to the Regents the appointment of Professor of Architecture, Caroline Constant, as the Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Planning for a three-year term, which was effective September 1, 2011.

In 1906 architecture was established as a program in the Department of Engineering, and Emil Lorch was appointed as the Chair. Throughout his 34-year career at Michigan, Professor Lorch developed a nationally recognized program known for innovation, design and technology. The Regents established the Emil Lorch Collegiate Professorship in Architecture and Urban Planning in August 1977 to honor the founder of this College.

Constant received her undergraduate education at Vassar College and an M.Arch, Degree from Princeton University. Prior to joining Taubman College in 2001 she taught at the University of Maryland, Harvard University and the University of Florida. During her career she has also held visiting critic and visiting professor appointments at Catholic University of America, the University of Miami, Rice University, Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and the University of Minnesota, where she was the Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor of Architecture.

Constant has a strong record of creative achievement that spans scholarly publication, including books, articles, book chapters, presentations, and lectures, design and exhibit organization. She is highly regarded as a scholar whose work is centered at the interdisciplinary intersection of architecture, landscape architecture and the decorative arts. Her work challenges the traditional boundaries between architecture and landscape, between theory and practice. Her book on the early Modernist architect Eileen Gray is credited with uncovering Gray’s previously overlooked role on several notable Modernist commissions.

Currently, Constant is completing work on another book, The Modern Architectural Landscape, which examines disciplinary intersections between architecture and landscape architecture in contemporary Western design practices and the historic antecedents of this phenomenon. It challenges prevalent interpretations of the modern architectural project by foregrounding its social and cultural foundations in landscape.

In addition to her teaching and writing, Professor Constant is fully involved in the life of the college and is a leader in all forms of faculty service. The junior faculty members give her high praise for the mentoring and guidance she offers to them.

Jun 1, 2011

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