After a year and a half as chair of architecture, interior, and lighting design at Parsons the New School for Design, Kent Kleinman is moving to Ithaca, New York to become dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell. In September he will fill the post vacated by Moshen Mostafavi, who left Cornell after three years to take over as dean at the Harvard GSD. Prior to coming to Parsons, Kleinman had been chair of architecture at SUNY Buffalo and has taught at Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley, as well as at several universities in Europe. A scholar of European Modernism, Kleinman has written books on Mies van der Rohe, Adolf Loos, and Rudolf Arnheim, and has won a P/A award for his design work. “Under his leadership, we look forward to strengthening the college’s distinguished academic programs, expanding interdisciplinary connections and moving forward with plans for the college’s new facility, Paul Milstein Hall,” said university president David J. Skorton in a statement, referring to the College’s OMA-designed home, which is nearing completion.
Back downstate, historian, curator, and consultant Andrew Dolkart has been named director of the historic preservation program at Columbia, succeeding architect Paul Byard. “Andrew is a terrific candidate. He’s an extraordinary teacher, a great writer, but most of all his passion for the built environment is an inspiration to his students and his colleagues,” Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, told AN. “If you think about it, preservationists often have the longest view into the future,” Wigley added. “I think Andrew will be instrumental in developing the next generation of collaboration-minded preservationists.” Dolkart is a well-known figure in New York’s preservation community, and he has sat on the Landmarks Preservation Commission as well as written numerous articles and books on the city’s architectural history.