DAAP Dean Jay Chatterjee Steps Down,
Date: June 19, 2001
Judith Smith Koroscik to Start as New Dean Aug. 1
By: Mary Bridget Reilly
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Archive: General News
Long-time College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Dean Jay Chatterjee will step down from his post at the end of June after 19 years as Dean and after 34 years of service to the college.
Stepping in as new Dean of the prestigious college will be Judith Smith Koroscik who currently heads Ohio State University's College of the Arts.
Chatterjee's tenure will probably best be remembered for the very visible legacy of signature buildings it brought to campus, buildings and aesthetics that he began advocating in the early 1980s and which are becoming reality as part of UC's Master Plan. These include a DAAP addition, the Aronoff Center for Design and Art designed by iconoclastic architect Peter Eisenman and completed in 1996.
The break-away architecture has been matched by new programming and trends within the college: more interdisciplinary teaching and research; more industry partnerships as well as innovative training using state-of-the-art technology. For instance, he founded DAAP's Computer Graphics Center and DAAP's Digital Design Program. He also advocated pioneering distance-learning studios with automakers DaimlerChrysler and General Motors Corporation. DAAP was the national pioneer in linking industrial design students with automotive design professionals via distance learning, an effort that has helped to make it one of the top-rated programs in the country.
Chatterjee's impact has not only been felt on the UC campus but throughout the city as well. As a member of the city's design review board, Chatterjee served on the selection committees for such internationally acclaimed works as the Aronoff Center for the Arts and the new Contemporary Arts Center