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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of Architecture. Selected through a nationwide search, applicants will visit campus between September 28 and October 11.
Applicants will participate in multi-day interviews with college faculty, staff and students, and various stakeholders. A public presentation beginning at 4 p.m. in the Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium at the Sheldon Museum will be offered in person and virtually via Zoom.
The finalists, listed by date of public presentation, are:
September 29 — Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is Julie Neupert Stott Chair in Design, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Design, Director of the School of Architecture and Environment, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon (Eugene , Oregon) | Zoom link
October 4 — Karl Daubmann is Dean of the College of Architecture and Design and Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Michigan) | Zoom link
October 11 — Ming-Han Li is Director and Professor in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan) | Zoom link
Additional candidate information, including Zoom links for virtual public presentations, resumes, and candidate evaluation forms, is available on the College of Architecture Dean’s Research website: go.unl. edu/archdean.
The College of Architecture houses the university’s architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and community and regional planning programs.
The Dean is the academic and administrative director of the college and will lead the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the college’s mission and vision. The Dean is the public voice of the College, developing its reputation nationally and internationally and within the profession. The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice-Chancellor and works with fellow Deans and campus leaders in collaboration, support and commitment to the university.
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg
Interview dates: September 28 and 29
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is Julie Neupert Stott Chair in Design, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Design, Director of the School of Architecture and Environment, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He previously served as Acting Head of the Department of Architecture.
He founded and directs the Institute for Health in the Built Environment, directs the Biology and the Built Environment Center, and directs the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory in the cities of Portland and Eugene. Prior to Oregon, he was a professor at the University of Idaho Boise where he founded the Integrated Design Lab.
Van Den Wymelenberg’s research and creative practice aims to facilitate integration within a broad network of researchers and practitioners on issues concerning health, comfort and sustainability in the human ecosystem in order to support health. human, community and planetary. Since 2004, he has secured over $40 million in research funding related to indoor environmental quality from organizations such as the United States Economic Development Administration, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection, United States Department of Energy, United States Department of Agriculture, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Business Oregon, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nike , Microsoft, Siemens, Thermo Fisher Scientific and several other private companies. He has published three books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has given nearly 300 guest lectures.
Van Den Wymelenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies with a minor in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his M.A. in Architecture and Ph.D. in Built Environments from the University of Washington.
Interview dates: October 3 and 4
Karl Daubmann is Dean of the College of Architecture and Design and Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University. Prior to LTU, he served as Associate Dean and Professor at the University of Michigan for 17 years. He has been a visiting professor at Roger Williams University, the University of Cincinnati, and Boston Architectural College as Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Professor. His teaching areas include design, digital design, robotic manufacturing, construction, leadership, and multidisciplinary design.
Daubmann is a licensed architect with a distinguished record of projects inspired and driven by his broad interests in design. As a former partner of PLY Architecture, he has co-authored a wide range of work exploring digital design and fabrication with a local focus in Michigan. PLY’s work has been published nationally and internationally and received awards for constructed and speculative projects. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Vice President of Design and Creative Director of Blu Homes. In this capacity, he oversaw site-specific projects and led a creative, multidisciplinary product development team that created modern, eco-friendly prefabricated homes that folded for shipment across North America.
He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he focused on design informatics. He is a member of the American Academy in Rome. His research during his residency in Rome focused on the geometry of construction related to the Baroque.
Ming Han Li
Interview dates: October 10 and 11
Ming-Han Li is director and professor at the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. He has overseen four professional programs – construction management, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning – a doctoral program and the National Charrette Institute, which is an outreach and engagement unit.
Interdisciplinary experience is Li’s unique strength. He is a Professional Landscape Architect, Certified Urban Planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a Professional Engineer. Serving the Council of Landscape Architecture Educators has been the highlight of Li’s career, including president, president-elect, past president, vice president for research, second vice president, and track director. Currently, he is a member of the Landscape and Environmental Design Committee of the National Academies Transportation Research Council.
Li’s research and practical experience spans stormwater management, low impact development, and watershed planning and management. His teaching encompasses the built environment, sustainable water management, low impact development and landscape architecture construction with an emphasis on experiential learning.
In 2017, Li was named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence and was inducted into the Academy of Fellows by CELA. Because of his contributions to knowledge discovery, Li was inducted into the Council of Fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2019. Li is one of five Michigan State Cohort Fellows for the program Academic Leadership 2022-23 Big Ten Academic Alliance.
Li holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from National Taiwan University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds an M.A. in Landscape Architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Sciences from Texas A&M University.