I am pleased to welcome Suzanne Dvells to the University as Director of Academic Partnerships. In this newly created role, Suzanne will work under the aegis of the Provost’s Office and in coordination with the deans to develop collaborative partnerships that strengthen alliances between divisions and with other academic institutions. Her initial focus will be on projects currently under consideration including a Gen Y Research Lab, an International Executive Education program in association with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and a potential Design and Ethnography program.
Suzanne’s 30-year background in design practice, business enterprise and community-design is ideally suited to this work. Her broad experience in design for the built environment has encompassed client relations, business development, and project management. She has both lead and participated in collaborative multidisciplinary teams on urban-scale projects including Samsung International Headquarters, Anaheim Convention Center and renovation plans for Santa Monica Place.
She has also lead or been engaged with business development efforts for architecture, environmental graphic design, and landscape architecture firms. Most recently she worked with William McDonough + Partners during a period of expansion.
As a founding member of the Charlottesville Community Design Center, Suzanne has worked to forge strategic alliances among local, regional and national non-profits to build local capacity. Using a collaborative process, she developed a framework for co-curricular programming to support community outreach and education. The plan – organized around the global issues of shelter, health, water, connectivity, education, and energy – was approved for implementation.
Suzanne has lectured and served as a critic at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture, and the University of California, Los Angeles. She was educated in Fine Art, Anthropology and Asian Art History at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.
Suzanne will be on campus on a limited schedule over the next few months as she transitions from Charlottesville. Her office will be at 66 Fifth Avenue on the 9th Floor (Room 909). She is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join me in welcoming Suzanne to The New School.