Adèle Naudé Santos, dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), announced to the school’s faculty that after 10 years as dean, she has decided to step down and return to the faculty, effective at the end of this semester. She is the ninth dean of the school and the second woman to hold the position of school dean at MIT.
Santos, who is a professor in both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and a practicing architect, arrived at MIT with three goals for her deanship: She wanted to consolidate the School’s six locations, so that faculty and students from different research groups could more easily be together; she wanted to make crucial hires and promotions to add strength in key areas and encourage greater inter-school collaboration; and she wished to increase the School’s overall visibility.
In an email to faculty and SA+P staff today, Acting Provost Martin Schmidt praised Santos for her stewardship of the school. “Dean Santos has been a powerful force for MIT,” he wrote. “With focus and sustained effort, she has added strength and vitality to a School whose creativity and scholarship have become increasingly integral to the Institute.” Continue reading at MIT News.