Richard Sommer Receives Distinguished Professor Award
Richard Sommer, dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, is one of the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Professor Awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
The awards recognize individuals whose work provides significant insight into the understanding and advancement of architecture and architectural education.
Since arriving at the University of Toronto in 2009, Professor Sommer has led a transformation of the Daniels Faculty. Mobilizing talented colleagues, he built an inventive undergraduate foundation in architectural studies, renewed the school’s three graduate professional programs, created a PhD in Architecture, Landscape, and Design, incorporated U of T’s programs in art, curatorial studies and forestry, and ultimately quadrupled the size of the school. His boldest achievement – overseeing the construction of the award-winning One Spadina Crescent – was the result of a collaboration with a large design team led by NADAAA.
Sommer will receive his medallion and be elected to ACSA’s College of Distinguished Professors at the organization's national conference in San Diego on March 12.