(Toronto—June 8, 2011) OCAD University (OCAD U) has appointed Dr. Gayle Nicoll as Dean in its Faculty of Design, effective July 1, 2011.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Nicoll to her new position here within our Faculty of Design,” said Dr. Sarah McKinnon, Vice-President, Academic at OCAD University. “She brings with her a wealth of experience that will help us continue to enhance our curriculum, support our faculty and grow our research initiatives.”
A Toronto native and current member of the Ontario Association of Architects, Dr. Nicoll holds degrees in architecture from Ryerson University, Clemson University and Georgia Institute of Technology where she obtained her PhD in 2006. Dr. Nicoll’s career focus for the past twenty years has been in multi-disciplinary design education and she has substantial experience both as an administrator and as practicing architect. During this tenure, she has worked to develop a comprehensive understanding and ability in pedagogical management and has taught a broad range of courses in architectural design, building science and professional practice at many levels within design programs. Dr. Nicoll’s teaching and research work has focused on issues related to public health, sustainability, human behavior and building performance. Her recent work on Active Design practice has been presented at many conferences and includes the multi-award winning publication, The Active Design Guidelines.
Dr. Nicoll was the Program Director of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University from 1992 – 2001 and she has recently completed a term as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Throughout her administrative career, she has demonstrated a commitment to multi-disciplinary education and, in her previous position at UTSA, was responsible for several key initiatives including building the leadership, managerial and administrative abilities that enhance collegial relationships among the faculty, staff, students and professional community; expanding the opportunities for service learning through design-build and community-oriented curriculum; improving administrative effectiveness; restructuring curriculum to accommodate growing undergraduate and graduate programs within a time of economic restraint; improving physical facilities that support curriculum and research; and enhancing professional development of students and faculty.
About OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
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