Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning hires new dean

Topic: College of Architecture and Planning

June 7, 2007

Vasquez de Velasco
Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco
Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco will become dean of Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning effective Aug. 1.

He leaves his current post as executive associate dean and director of outreach at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he also serves as coordinator of the Las Americas Digital Research Network.

"It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the position of dean at Ball State," Vasquez de Velasco said. "I have a deep respect for the skill of teachers, the knowledge of those involved in research and creative activities and the dedication of those who have a vocation for service.

"The College of Architecture and Planning has a wealth of those individuals, and I look forward to helping achieve their collective vision in support of Ball State's institutional mission."

Vasquez de Velasco moved to Texas A&M in 1995 as an assistant professor of architecture after six years with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Additional international highlights from his vitae include academic and professional affiliations in Latin America, North America and Europe.

"Dr. Vasquez de Velasco has an excellent record of achievement as professor and administrator, and I am confident that he will be an excellent senior leader on our campus," said Provost Terry King. "Particularly outstanding are his strong international connections, his emphasis on community based projects and the dynamic interdisciplinary thrust of his own teaching and research. In his campus interview, he displayed a clear vision for the college and a genuine interest in moving the college forward."

At Texas A&M he twice earned the Graduate Faculty Award in 2003 and 2004, given by the graduating class of the professional architecture program; he has also received the College Teaching Excellence Award, given by the Association of Former (A&M) Students; and the University International Excellence Award in recognition of his efforts in the development of international programs in Europe and Latin America.

Vasquez de Velasco earned his bachelor's degree in architecture and urban planning from Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru, his master's degree in architecture from the University of Toronto (Canada) and his doctoral degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology.

He will be moving to Muncie with his wife, Antonieta.

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