Rico-Gutierrez is reappointed as Design dean

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert has reappointed Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design, to a second five-year term, effective in July 2014.

"Luis is a tireless advocate for the College of Design, working with students, faculty and staff to create a vision for the future," Wickert said. "He is expanding academic and research programs, and forming new collaborations across the campus community."

During his first term, Rico-Gutierrez modernized the college's programs and structure through a challenging budget period. He also has improved relationships with alumni, friends and industry partners, and reinvigorated private fundraising efforts.

"It is my privilege to continue serving as dean," Rico-Gutierrez said. "I look forward to collaborating with the college's incredibly talented group of students, faculty and staff to enhance undergraduate and graduate programs, and to grow scholarly production and sponsored funding levels for our research, creative activities and service efforts."

Review of the dean

Wickert expressed his thanks to the College of Design's Committee to Review the Dean, which managed the comprehensive review process. The group was chaired by graphic design associate professor Lisa Fontaine. Joining her were:

  • Arthur Croyle, associate professor, integrated studio arts
  • Carol Faber, associate professor, graphic design
  • Michael Martin, associate professor, landscape architecture
  • Michael Miller, information technology manager, College of Design
  • Francis Owusu, professor and interim chair, community and regional planning
  • David Ringholz, associate professor and chair, industrial design
  • Jihyun Song, associate professor, interior design
  • Janis Terpenny, professor and chair, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering
  • Kimberly Zarecor, associate professor, architecture

Wickert also noted his appreciation to faculty and staff in the college who participated in the review process, either by completing an electronic survey or contacting a review committee member.

Rico-Gutierrez, a professor of architecture, earned a bachelor's degree from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Queretaro, Mexico; a graduate degree from Fundacion Rafael Leoz in Madrid, Spain; and a master's degree in building science from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He is professionally accredited in Mexico and Spain.

Prior to joining the Iowa State faculty in July 2009, he served as associate dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts and associate head of its School of Architecture.