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Please Welcome New Architecture Faculty Members

March 6, 2013
The SADP is pleased to welcome three new Department of Architecture faculty members. They are Professors Joe Colistra, Nilou Vakil, and Farhan Karim.

Joe Colistra, has joined as an associate professor of architecture, and is teaching Comprehensive Studio 609. Prior to his appointment he taught design studios and building technology at the American University of Sharjah's College of Architecture, Art, and Design in Abu Dhabi, and the University of Colorado's College of Architecture and Planning in Denver.

He is a licensed architect and the founding principal of his own architectural practice, In Situ Design. The firm focused on projects for community-based and nonprofit organizations, won several AIA awards, and is widely published. Joe received a BED from Miami University Ohio, and an M.Arch from the University of Colorado's College of Architecture and Planning in Denver.

Adjunct professor of architecture Nilou Vakil is a Persian American architect teaching Foundations Studio 109. She is a licensed architect, and also an In Situ Design principal. Her specialty is designing public buildings, museums, and creating responsible urban communities with people in mind. She has practiced in the U.S. and internationally, and most recently was a project architect and urban designer for Tryba Architects in Denver.

In Denver she was also an advisor and board member of the Regional Transportation District’s Citizen Advisory Committee. She earned a BFA in Design from the University of the Arts in Tehran, and an M.Arch from the University of Colorado's College of Architecture and Planning in Denver.

Farhan Karim is assistant professor of architecture. He is teaching classes in Global History of Architecture, and advanced history courses, called Spaces of Poverty and Asia Modern. Prior to joining the faculty Farhan taught at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and the University of Asia Pacific. He was in professional practice in Bangladesh and Australia.

A recipient of the Australian Leadership Award, Farhan has given presentations at many academic conferences including the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments in Berkeley; the Center for Architecture in the Arab Region, and the Society of Architectural Historians of New Zealand. He has also lectured at Harvard University, the University of Adelaide, University of Brighton, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Last year Farhan received a PhD in architectural history from the University of Sydney, Australia. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from the Bangladesh University.

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