Monday, March 21, 2011

Jay Chatterjee, Dean Emeritus of the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati will give a presentation titled, "University of Cincinnati: Transformation of a Campus 1985-2005" on Thursday, March 24th. It will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the University of Iowa Main Library. The event,  co-sponsored by The School of Urban and Regional Planning and the Public Policy Center, is free and open to the public.

During Jay’s time as dean at the University of Cincinnati, he was a major player in the transformation of the campus from the ordinary to an awe-inspiring campus with world class architecture, planning, and design. Outstanding architects who have contributed to the university’s master plan include included Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Henry Cobb, Charles Gwathmey, Buzz Yudell, and David Childs.

Among recent accolades are the following:

  • The Los Angeles Times wrote: “…the university [has] one of the most impressive collections of contemporary architecture on any American campus” and one that “architecture students will be studying…30 years from now.”
  • The Chicago Tribune: “The spectacular revamp is one of the most significant acts of campus planning since Thomas Jefferson laid out his ‘academic village’ at the University of Virginia…”
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer: UC shows “that Ohio universities can aspire to architectural achievements of international significance."