Milton Curry has been appointed dean of USC’s School of Architecture, according to Jessica Gelt of the LA Times. Curry starts his new position on July 1. He succeeds Qingyun Ma, who has been the school’s dean for the past decade.
Curry is coming to USC from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, where he serves as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. Curry was chosen by USC because he is “at the forefront of disciplinary areas on race, architecture, and urbanism that engages cultural theory and humanities research,” according to a statement released by the school. Curry founded CriticalProductive and cofounded Appendix, a pair of journals dedicated to exploring issues on architecture, urbanism, and race. He has taught at Harvard and Cornell, among other universities.
“We are honored and excited to welcome Professor Curry to the USC School of Architecture. Architecture has a profound impact on our culture. It is a profession and an art, local and global, and extremely creative. We know that Professor Curry will lead our students, faculty, research and practice to new heights,” said Michael Quick, USC’s provost.