AUBURN – Vini Nathan, dean of the School of Architecture at Philadelphia University, has been named dean of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, effective July 1.
“Dr. Nathan’s experience, in the classroom and as a practitioner and administrator, will be a valuable asset not only to the college but also to the entire Auburn University community,” Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said.
During her tenure at Philadelphia University from 1997 to the present, Nathan has been involved in a range of curricular, administrative and strategic initiatives, including recruiting faculty, assisting in accreditation efforts, helping to establish study abroad programs in such countries as Denmark and Australia and developing curricula enhancements, such as an artists in residence program and an annual design guest speakers series.
Nathan has taught in architecture and interior design programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota and New York Institute of Technology as well as at Philadelphia University.
Nathan was a practicing architect in New Delhi, India, and more recently worked as an architect for Walker Group/CNI in New York, a full-service architectural design firm. She was part of the team that worked on the Kuala Lumpur City Center, a design venture in conjunction with the noted architect and a former dean of the School of Architecture at Yale, Cesar Pelli.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Anna University, India, a master’s degree in interior design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Michigan.