July 7, 2003



CUA President Appoints New Dean of Architecture


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M, president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Randall Ott as dean of the university’s School of Architecture and Planning, effective Aug. 1, 2003.


Randall Ott will begin his duties Aug. 1.

“Randall Ott’s credentials and experience in both the academic and commercial worlds will enhance The Catholic University of America’s already excellent school of architecture,” Father O’Connell said. “We are very fortunate to have him join the administration.”


An expert in central and northern European modern architecture, Ott has been associate dean of the College of Architecture and Planning (Denver and Boulder) at the University of Colorado since 2001 and has served on that university’s faculty since 1996.


Ott earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1980 and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University in 1984. 


He has served on the faculty of the University of Arizona, the University of Arkansas, the University of Michigan and Columbia University. He also has worked with several architecture firms and operated his own independent studio from 1986 to 1990.


Ott has published numerous book chapters, papers and journal articles about the history, politics and visual techniques of modern central and northern European architecture, especially in Germany and Scandinavia between World War I and World War II. He also has won many teaching, writing and design awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.  


University Provost John Convey noted that Dean Ott’s teaching experience at several large, prestigious universities and his record of scholarship present an “extraordinary opportunity” for those who will come to study architecture at CUA.  Convey also noted that “Ott’s administrative responsibilities at the University of Colorado have prepared him well to assume the deanship at CUA.”


Founded in 1887, The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. The School of Architecture and Planning is the largest architecture school in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.


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