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College of Architecture, Planning and Design


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November 27, 2013

Message from the Department Head

At this holiday time of Thanksgiving, it is appropriate to take time and reflect upon all we are thankful for.  We have a community centered on the realization that we affect people's lives through design - at the very small scale of everyday events or items, to the large-scale ecosystems of interior and exterior environments and the impact of decisions we make. We work hard to build the knowledge and skills allowing each of us to engage in informed decision-making. We share a desire to make things better – whether in the delight of a child, the workplace of thousands of users, the educational surroundings that encourage our youth to actively engage in school, or the health of a wounded warrior. We want people to take delight in the detail and the hidden discoveries of our designs.

Knowing our students gives me great encouragement for the future, for our professions and for the power they will use for good. This power of design when used in physical environments affects physical and behavioral natures of individuals and groups; and when used as an approach to any problem, presents creative solutions that may otherwise be undiscovered!
Our faculty and staff care deeply about our students, about their intellectual growth and engagement, about their expressions of innovation and design; and encouraging them to discover and push towards their potential. Our faculty and staff set beautiful examples of service, in our communities, to our state, to our professions, and to the global environment we learn and practice within.

Our faculty and students are truly engaged in “discovery” at all levels and scales. We must realize that this circumstance we have as a community, these skills, these knowledge quests, these innovative and collaborative approaches to problems are not the norm for most people; and that gives us a responsibility to share our individual and collective talents.

Whether you find yourself celebrating with family and/or friends, or taking time by yourself; whether missing a loved one, or basking in cherished moments; know that I am thankful for each one of you and wishing you a safe and rejuvenating holiday.

Warmest regards,