Robert M. Beckley, FAIA Returning as the Fall 2008 Charles Moore Visiting Professor

Robert M. Beckley, FAIA will serve as the Fall 2008 Charles Moore Visiting Professor starting in September. He was born in Cleveland Ohio and obtained his professional education in architecture at the University of Cincinnati and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He taught at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Michigan before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he helped the university establish a new school of architecture and urban planning in 1969. In 1987 he returned to the University of Michigan as dean of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, a position he held until 1997. Since becoming Professor Emeritus at Michigan in 2002 Beckley has helped create the Genesee County Land Bank and the Genesee Institute that has provided planning, research and technical assistance to the Land Bank. Most recently he has worked as a consultant to Taktix Solutions, a real estate development and marketing firm based in Detroit. Beckley was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1985 and a fellow of the Urban Design Institute in 1990. He also served as an urban research scientist while at Wisconsin. His firm Beckley/Myers Architects won honors for its research and design work. That work included research and design for the Milwaukee Riverwalk, the master plan and design of the Milwaukee Theater District and urban parks in Bellevue Washington and Lake Oswego Oregon.