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Feb 12 2013

NYIT’s DiMaio Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows

Judith DiMaio

Old Westbury, N.Y. (February 12, 2013) -  Judith DiMaio, AIA, Dean of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Architecture and Design and a licensed architect, has been elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), in the Educator category. 

The Jury of Fellows selected DiMaio for elevation to fellowship in the Institute because of her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. The Fellowship program was developed to recognize those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

The 2013 Jury of Fellows elevated 122 AIA members nationwide to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000, there are only slightly more than 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.

In commenting on her election, DiMaio said, "I am honored and very pleased with the acknowledgement, especially because I have devoted so much of my life, with pleasure and rigor, to the education of aspiring young architects here at NYIT and previously at Yale. I am grateful for the incredibly rich and inspired education I received and for instilling in me the highest of standards, which, in turn, I have worked hard to instill in all my students.” 

As dean of NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design, DiMaio has restructured aspects of the curriculum to address the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in building design, technology, and history. She advocated for the creation of an international design-build studio at NYIT now known as sLAB; the first university-wide interdisciplinary project was a house that used solar power with fuel cells and that was an entrant in the 2005 Solar Decathlon. The house is now located on the property of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Also of note, students from the School’s Interior Design program were selected to be included in the 2012 Fiera di Milano; NYIT was one of 20 institutions worldwide and one of only two U.S. universities selected to exhibit at the fair.  

Prior to joining NYIT, DiMaio was an associate professor at Yale’s School of Architecture and the director of undergraduate studies for Yale College’s major in architecture. She has been a visiting professor and lecturer at numerous universities including Columbia, Cornell, the Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University, and the University of Chicago. She also was the academic director of the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Program in Architecture, and oversaw the program for four years. She has been an invited lecturer at Oxford University at Magdalen College, Oxford, England, and is the author of innumerable published essays on Italian architecture and painting.

She has served as a juror on numerous competitions, most recently for the ZeroFootprint prize, a not-for-profit network dedicated to reducing ecological footprint, and the Shanghai Expo International Design Competition - Chinese Pavilion. Among several other positions, she is a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Restoring Ancient Stabia, USA, the American counterpart to Restoring Ancient Stabia, Italia. The organization’s mission is to extend the archeological parks of Herculaneum and Pompeii to the ancient Roman city of Stabia, which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79A.D.

DiMaio holds a master of architecture degree from Harvard University, a bachelor of architecture degree from Cornell University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Bennington College. In 1977, she won the Rome Prize in Architecture and spent a year at the American Academy in Rome. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship in 1979. In 2009 the American Academy invited her to be the first Colin Rowe Resident in Design. Traditionally, the Academy invites prestigious architects to take up residency at the Academy in order to provide fellows with access to noted architects and practitioners. 

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