Fall 2022 Message from Dean Berke
We also had a reunion of sorts for the alumni of 2020 and 2021 when Yale offered an on-campus “alumni commencement” in May for those who didn’t experience the Yale traditions due to the pandemic. I was excited that so many of these recent students were able to return to campus, and I appreciated the enthusiasm they had for the pomp and circumstance. The 2022 graduation ceremony the following weekend also included fantastic weather and lots of cheering by family and friends.
This fall, a new cohort of M.Arch I, M.Arch II, MED, and PhD students descended on Rudolph Hall to follow in the footsteps of students before them while still creating their own path. I am happy to say that this class comes from a wide range of undergraduate colleges and universities around the country and the world and bring with them many different life experiences. With some creative arrangements of the desks, we have fit 285 students in Rudolph Hall. We are also offering the most financial aid in the School’s history, for which I am grateful to the many donors—alumni and friends—for making possible.
And to make sure these students continue to have the highest quality of education, we have the largest faculty ever. This semester there are eleven Advanced Design Studios with topics for every interest. We have two recipients of the Pritzker Prize on our faculty—Frank Gehry who has taught at YSoA for decades is co-teaching with Peter Eisenman; and Francis Kéré is returning as our Louis Kahn Visiting Professor. Francis delivered a wonderful kickoff lecture for the semester that you can watch here.
We have been fortunate to have wonderful faculty throughout the history of the School. This fall, we will gather for a symposium on November 11 and 12 to celebrate Peter Eisenman, our inaugural Charles Gwathmey Professor-in-Practice, in his last year of teaching at Yale. Peter has influenced and debated generations of architects, and I anticipate a lively program as his peers and mentees conduct a “formal analysis” of his research and work.
Over the past year, we marked the passing of two longtime faculty members: Alex Garvin and Paul Brouard. On October 6 and 7, YSoA will host the symposium “What Works: The Planning and Development Legacy of Alex Garvin.“ The students from his five decades of teaching span every aspect of urban planning, real estate development, public policy, law, architecture, and academia using the lessons they learned in his urban studies courses. Many of them are presenters at the symposium.
We are also remembering Paul Brouard who graduated in 1959 and led the Building Project beginning in 1973 and continuing for forty years. He gave many architects their first hammer, and many have carried forward using the design-build approach in their own practices. We will mark the inspiration that Paul was to so many at the opening of the 2022 Jim Vlock First Year Building Project house on October 2. This year’s collaboration with Columbus House, led by faculty member Adam Hopfner, would have made him proud.
It brings me joy to see Rudolph Hall bustling again with students at all hours and to welcome alumni back to New Haven. The sense of connection to Yale and one another begins as a student and continues after graduation. Thank you for keeping YSoA in your life.
Dean and JM Hoppin Professor