The College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce a number of faculty promotions for the Fall 2017 semester in the Departments of Architecture and City & Regional Planning.
Greig Crysler was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of Architecture. Also serving as CED’s Arcus Chair of Gender, Sexuality & the Built Environment, Professor Crysler leads an overlapping program of teaching, research and service concerned with activism and the spatial politics of urban life. Professor Crysler’s yearlong seminars—focused on issues of social justice, identity and gender—are a laboratory for rethinking the relationship between theory and practice; a comparative inquiry into the role of space and creative agency in contemporary political dissent; and a context for speculation on the role of ethics in the global present.
Elizabeth Macdonald was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of City & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Professor Macdonald specializes in public space design, with a focus on challenging long-standing and entrenched street design standards and norms that prioritize motorized vehicle movement over other uses, the evaluation of implemented urban design plans and projects, and designing for livability and environmental responsibility. She has a new book out, Urban Waterfront Promenades (Routledge 2017), that presents 38 promenade case studies, analyzing their physical form, social use, the circumstances under which they were built, the public policies that brought them into being, and the threats from sea level rise and the responses that have been made.
Stefano Schiavon was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Architecture. Schiavon's research is focused on finding ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings and, at the same time, increase occupant’s health, well-being and productivity. Stefano worked on radiant-hydronic systems, occupant satisfaction, underfloor air distribution (UFAD), air movement, thermal comfort, personal comfort systems, indoor environmental quality, LEED, energy simulation and statistical modeling. Schiavon is a principal investigator (PI) for several projects at the Center for the Built Environment. He is also a PI for the SinberBEST international research program which is part of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore. While at Berkeley, he has contributed to securing over $11 million in research grants.