Architecture School at Marywood University Names Founding Dean

Published on Thu, December 18, 2008

As Marywood University prepares to open the region's first School of Architecture in fall 2009, an architect experienced in professional architecture practice and architecture education has been named its founding dean. Gregory K. Hunt, FAIA, has been appointed Dean of the Marywood University School of Architecture, according to an announcement by Marywood University President, Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D.

"We are fortunate to have a person of Mr. Hunt's expertise and experience in the role of founding dean of the School of Architecture, as we move forward with this significant initiative for Marywood University and Northeast Pennsylvania," stated Sister Anne.

The School of Architecture at Marywood University will focus on "environmental stewardship," with an emphasis on "green building" principles of design and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation. LEED is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council designed to encourage the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices by architects. Marywood University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The first class of students for the Marywood University School of Architecture will begin coursework in August 2009.

"I am delighted to be part of this exciting opportunity," Dean Hunt said. "Marywood University architecture students will benefit from the University's liberal arts core curriculum, providing the foundation for a profession in which social responsibilities are integral to the practice of architecture."

"Our goal is to produce a new generation of architects who will assume major responsibility for creating, building, and re-building sustainable structural environments for the region, the nation, and world," Dean Hunt added.

Prior to joining Marywood University, Dean Hunt was vice chairman and director of design for Leo A. Daly, an international architecture, planning, engineering and interior design firm with 22 offices worldwide. For the previous seven years, he was Dean and a full professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America. Mr. Hunt had previously held the rank of full professor at Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies for 18 years.

Dean Hunt's designation, FAIA, stands for Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Elevation to the status of "Fellow" in the AIA is based on significant contributions to the architectural profession over at least a decade. Dean Hunt was specifically recognized for his contribution in bridging the gap between the architectural academy and professional architecture practice.

The new School of Architecture will offer two tracks: pre-professional and professional.

The pre-professional degree, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.), is a four-year undergraduate program that focuses on acquiring the skills needed to design buildings and to understand the impact of designs on physical, aesthetic, social, and ecological environments.

The professional degree programs include the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), and the six-year Master of Architecture (M.Arch). The B.Arch program builds on the pre-professional program by adding courses in professional practice, LEED Accreditation, and a selection of more focused program electives. 

"The M.Arch degree is the most rigorous of the programs of study," said Dean Hunt. "After obtaining the pre-professional degree at Marywood, students pursuing the M.Arch degree will need two years of graduate-level study. Certain qualified students may accelerate their M.Arch program for completion in one-and-a-half years."

The Marywood University School of Architecture will apply for National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) candidacy status in the fall of 2009. NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy.

Marywood University is a private, coeducational, Catholic university of 3,400 full-time and part-time students, offering more than 90 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Established in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the university houses 980 resident students on a national award-winning campus considered one of the most beautiful in the Northeast.  Consistently ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, Marywood University offers a comprehensive, personalized education that empowers students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually, and prepares them to serve as ethical leaders and responsible global citizens.