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Milton S. F. Curry

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Milton S. F. Curry was named dean of the USC School of Architecture on July 1, 2017. He is the holder of the Della and Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture.

Curry comes to USC from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he was associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. Curry is at the forefront of disciplinary areas on race, architecture and urbanism that engages cultural theory and humanities research.

He is the founder of CriticalProductive Journal, an academic journal focused on scholarship and creative work on architecture, urbanism and cultural theory; and was co-founder of Appendix Journal in the early 1990s. As an architectural designer, he has engaged in strategic projects including an invited exhibition project at the Studio Museum in Harlem, speculative large-scale urban real estate and redevelopment work in Oakland, California, and speculative work for DefJam entertainment company, among others.

Curry began his teaching career at Arizona State University, where he was an assistant professor from 1992 to 1995. He then was a visiting assistant professor at the Cornell University Department of Architecture, where he was promoted to an assistant professor in 1995 and a tenured associate professor in 2002. In 2010, he became an associate professor with tenure at the University of Michigan. He has also held teaching positions at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he taught a graduate design studio in 1999 and was an instructor in the Harvard Career Discovery program in 1991. He has coordinated graduate and undergraduate design studios at all levels, and has taught seminars on subjects ranging from architecture and cultural theory to urbanism and housing.

Curry obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a master’s degree in architecture with distinction from Harvard University.

Last Updated: 07/01/17