Academic Leadership

Portrait of Dean Renee Cheng
Photo by Nii Okaidja

Renée Cheng, FAIA
Dean, College of Built Environments

Renée Cheng joined the College of Built Environments (CBE) as dean on January 1, 2019. Before coming to CBE, Cheng, an innovative educator and leader at the forefront of equity in the built environment, served as head of the School of Architecture and associate dean of research at the University of Minnesota. Dean Cheng began her academic career as a faculty member at the University of Michigan Department of Architecture; before that, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.

Cheng is a leader in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and advocates for equity in the field of architecture and in the practices related to the built environment. Recently, Cheng led the research effort for the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice in the workplace, which is widely used in the building industry. Cheng has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies, including work on industry adoption of Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Modeling and Lean. In addition to the AIA Guides, she has co-authored books and reports relevant to practice: Goat Rodeo, IPD Action Guide for Leaders, Motivation and Means, and Teams Matter. She has received over $2M in grants from groups like Pankow Foundation and the General Services Administration.

Professor Carrie Sturts Dossick, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick started as Associate Dean for Research in June 2019 and has been teaching Construction Management at the UW’s College of Built Environments since 2010. She is also the former Executive Director of the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC). Dr. Dossick has over a decade of research and teaching experience primarily focused on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Her experience conducting interdisciplinary research complements her academic study about effective collaboration. Together, they position her well for promoting the diverse range of research in the college and seeing connections between those research streams.

Her research projects include technology and collaboration strategies for green building design and construction; global team collaboration with Virtual Reality; operations applications of BIM and facilities data in maintenance management and life cycle planning; and rebaselining BIM and asset data for existing buildings.

Professor Vikramaditya Prakash, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Vikramaditya “Vikram” Prakash is an architect, architectural historian and theorist. He is Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington with adjunct appointments in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and Planning. He received his B. Arch. from Chandigarh College of Architecture, India and his M.A. and PhD in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University.

Vikram was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Built Environments in November 2019. He previously served as Associate Dean for External Affairs, Chair of Architecture and Director of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Programs. His public service includes terms on the Boards of Seattle Center and the Seattle AIA. He also directed Chandigarh Urban Lab, a series of interdisciplinary international studios.

Vikram is co-PI (with Mark Jarzombek, MIT) of three successive grants of $1.0 million (2014), $1.5 million (2016) and $1.0 million (2019) awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These resulted in the creation of GAHTC – a collective of over 200 teachers of global architectural history.

Professor Christopher Campbell, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Students
Chair, Urban Design and Planning

Christopher Campbell brings a breadth of experience to his role as Associate Dean for Students, as well as a passion for working with students, student affairs, and policies. He has been with the Department of Urban Design and Planning since 2000, the Director of the innovative UDP undergraduate program, CEP, since 2010, and was appointed Chair of the Department in 2015. Christopher most recently served as the interim Chair for the Runstad Department of Real Estate during the 2019-2020 academic year and guided the department through the ongoing pandemic.

Beyond his extensive leadership in the College, Christopher’s own research and work focus on innovative student programs that combine academic rigor with professional and community practice. From 2008-2013 Christopher served as the Special Assistant to the Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. He has served on numerous university-level committees focused on curricular, programmatic, and policy issues, and has been a member of the Faculty Council for Student Affairs since 2015 where he contributed to Title IX, student health and wellness, and academic policy and procedures. He has been a three-time nominee of the University of Washington Teaching Award, a recipient of the Panhellenic Association’s Interfraternal Faculty Award (2012), and the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award in (2015).

Kate Simonen, AIA, SE, Executive Director, Carbon Leadership Forum
Chair, Architecture

Kate Simonen, AIA, SE is the executive director of the Carbon Leadership Forum and Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Connecting significant professional experience in high-performance building design and technical expertise in environmental life cycle assessment she works to spur collective action to bring net embodied carbon to zero through cutting-edge research, cross-sector collaboration, and the incubation of new approaches.

Kate directs the research of the Carbon Leadership Forum and convenes collaborative initiatives such as the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (the EC3 tool) and the Structural Engineers 2050 Challenge.

 

Associate Professor, Giovanni Migliaccio, Ph.D.
Chair, Construction Management

Giovanni C. Migliaccio holds a Howard S. Wright Endowed Professorship, he is the current Chair of the Department of Construction Management, and he has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC) for the past 3 years.  He joined the CM department in August 2010.  Previously, he was a faculty member with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.  He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master-level degree from Politecnico di Bari in Italy.  Prior to moving to the U.S., he worked in Italy in the construction management of telecommunication projects under Nortel Networks, Nokia Networks, and IPSE 2000.  At UW, Giovanni is active in all three pillars of academic life, including service to the university and the industry, teaching, and research.

 

Professor Ken Yocom, Ph.D.
Chair, Landscape Architecture

Trained as an ecologist and landscape architect with professional experience in the environmental consulting and construction industries, he is a graduate of our MLA program (2002). Ken also earned his PhD from the Program in the Built Environments (2007), where he researched nature and society relations through the contemporary context of urban ecological restoration practices.

Ken’s current research, teaching, and practice explore the convergence of urban infrastructure and ecological systems through adaptive design approaches that serve to demystify emerging strategies and technologies for sustainable and resilient development. More specifically, he investigates how water –in all its forms- shapes the past to future functions and patterns of our built environments.

 

Sofia Dermisi
Acting Chair, Runstad Department of Real Estate

Sofia Dermisi joined the University of Washington in 2014 as the Jon and Judith Runstad Endowed Professor in Real Estate and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Group for the Master of Science in Real Estate. As of 2018, Dr. Dermisi received the Victor L. Lyon and Alvin J. Wolff Endowed professorship and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Urban Design and Planning.

Her role for the first three years at the University of Washington was the establishment of an Interdisciplinary Group of faculty, staff and advisory board members for the oversite of the MSRE program, the restructuring/implementation of a new innovative MSRE program and the outreach to overseas universities for strategic partnerships.