Barbara Klinkhammer, Dipl.-Ing., a successful administrator, teacher, scholar and design professional, has been named executive dean of Philadelphia University's College of Architecture and the Built Environment effective August 1, 2012.
"After an exhaustive national search, I am pleased to welcome Professor Klinkhammer to Philadelphia University, where her depth of experience as a scholar, practitioner and administrator, as well as her global perspective, will help further the vision and reach of our College of Architecture and the Built Environment," Philadelphia University Provost Randy Swearer, Ph.D., said.
Klinkhammer comes to Philadelphia University from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she has served in numerous administrative and faculty roles in the College of Architecture and Design since 1999, including as associate dean for research, outreach and operations; interim chair of interior design; assistant dean; interim chair of the graduate architecture program; and associate professor. Her administrative accomplishments include the establishment of a new intercollegiate and interdisciplinary program, successful restructuring of existing programs and raising funds for research.
Klinkhammer said she was drawn to the position "by the innovative and collaborative spirit, incredible energy and willingness to embrace change" that runs throughout the campus. She wants to continue to build interdisciplinary collaborations both within the College and with other programs at the University.
"Philadelphia University provides a practice-oriented, theoryinfused educational experience, and its commitment to working across disciplines prepares students for an integrated approach once they enter the profession," she said. "It epitomizes today's standards in the design profession for interdisciplinary collaboration, and I see this as an incredible advantage for Philadelphia University students and graduates."
Moving forward, Klinkhammer said her vision for the College of Architecture and the Built Environment is to continue to strengthen its position as a national and international leader in sustainability education. "Sustainable practice is absolutely mandatory in the education of future design professionals, it's foundational to the curriculum,” she said. “Buildings are major sources of the global demand for energy and we have to educate our students on these issues to make them responsible designers."