Bronet wins distinguished professor award

Frances Bronet, dean of the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts, has been awarded the 2010-11 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

The award recognizes sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research or service. Bronet, a past president of ACSA, is one of four recipients of this year’s Distinguished Professor Award.

“It’s really a great honor because it’s by a jury of your peers,” Bronet said. “It is exciting because it’s my community.”

She’ll accept the award at ACSA’s 99th annual meeting next month in Montreal, her home town.

Last year, Bronet was selected by the architectural journal DesignIntelligence as one of the nation’s 25 most-admired educators for 2011.

Bronet has served dean of the UO’s architecture school since 2005. An advocate for cross-disciplinary education, Bronet has implemented courses and curricula for interdisciplinary courses and curricula for interdisciplinary learning, combining architecture; engineering; science, technology, and society; dance and electronic arts.

Prior to coming to UO, Bronet was on the architecture faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., since 1985, serving associate dean for seven years and acting dean of architecture in 1995.

She was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching CASE New York Professor of the Year in 2001, received Rensselaer’s William H. Wiley Distinguished Professor award and served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Bronet practiced architecture in Montreal, graduating from McGill University in both engineering and in architecture, and completed her graduate degree in architecture at Columbia University.

The UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts offers degrees in architecture, art, arts and administration, art history, digital arts, historic preservation, interior architecture, landscape architecture, planning, public policy and management and product design.