New dean hired for Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJune 15, 2012 

Cal Poly has named a new dean for the university’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Christine Theodoropoulos will start her new position on Sept. 1.

She succeeds Thomas Jones, who’s stepping down as dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design after nine years. Jones will return to teaching in Cal Poly’s architecture department.

Theodoropoulos has served as head of the Architecture Department in the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts since 2003, managing curriculum and research initiatives for more than 650 undergraduate and graduate students and a $6.2 million annual budget in addition to fundraising for the department’s programs.

She has been a faculty member in the department since 1997.

Her scholarship has included the architect’s role in international earthquake-resistant design and disaster mitigation. Students in her design studios have received national recognition for studio projects, including an emergency tensile shelter for disaster relief, earthquake-resistant construction for shop-houses in Taiwan, steel bridges, and other structures.

Theodoropoulos earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University in 1979 and a Master of Architecture from Yale in 1985.

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