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Newell Promoted To Associate Professor With Tenure

Friday, May 19, 2017

Newell Promoted To Associate Professor With Tenure

On May 18, 2017, the Board of Regents voted to promote Catie Newell from assistant professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure in the architecture program.

Winner of the prestigious Rome Prize and other major awards, Newell has achieved an international reputation for advanced research in material systems, computer-aided design and digital fabrication. But she has gone beyond the formalism of much of this experimentation to situate her best work in the context of Detroit and other post-industrial cities. By combining advanced design and materials with the worn but resilient older structures of the city, Newell has produced a unique body of work that points toward the rebuilding and recovery of the American city. Newell is an accomplished researcher and scholar who has made significant contributions to materials systems research and immaterial visual effects. She effectively brings an intelligent, innovative and strategic approach to her teaching and is an active contributor providing valuable service to the college and profession.

Newell joined Taubman College on September 1, 2011, as an assistant professor of architecture, without tenure.  Prior to her appointment on the tenure track at Taubman College, Newell was appointed in 2010-2011 as a lecturer at the college and in 2009-2010 was awarded our competitive Oberdick Fellowship, a faculty fellowship in teaching and research. Since October 2016, Newell has been the director of the Master of Science in Material Systems and Digital Technologies concentrations. Previously, she served two years (2012-2013 and 2015-2016) as co-coordinator of the MS in Material Systems. Newell is the founding principal of Alibi Studio, LLC, established in 2010 in Detroit, MI. She became a licensed architect in the state of Michigan in 2015. Before coming to Ann Arbor, Newell worked as a project designer and project coordinator at office dA in Boston (2006-2009). Newell received a Master of Architecture degree, with honors, at Rice University in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003.