Lecture Series: President Marvin J. Malecha

NewSchool Auditorium
Street address
1249 F Street, San Diego CA
February 24, 2016 at 6:30PM

Add to Google Calendar / Add to iCal


We are pleased to announce a public lecture by NewSchool Chief Academic Officer and President, Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, DPACSA on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30pm in the NewSchool Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Please join us for a reception after the lecture in the Main Lobby.

President Malecha will lecture about “Being Creative, Being a Creative: A Personal Journey”.

“It is my intention to connect my teaching and practice as a life experience toward discovering and then testing my creative spirit. Foundational ideas regarding the nature of design thought underlie my work but it is through the work that the iterative nature of a life in design is explored. To Illustrate this journey, projects will be shared that represent the breadth of scale of a creative search from jewelry to project master plans. It is this journey that defines my life as an educator, administrator and architect.”—President Malecha

When: February 24, 2016 at 6:30PM

Where: NewSchool Auditorium


Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, is the President and Chief Academic Officer at NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, California. For the past 20 years was the Dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, and prior to that position served as Dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona for more than a decade.

President Malecha’s career has been characterized by leadership in academic management, attention to the scholarly and reflective aspects of a design education, a consulting practice that informs a life in the academy and a passionate belief in the absolute right of access to an education for every individual in our society. He believes that education and practice lie along the same continuum in life and he has encouraged others to find the connections between them.

Throughout his career, he has maintained an active involvement with architectural practice in roles from peer reviews to project architect and designer. As an architect, President Malecha gained experience working with the firm of Hugh Stubbins and Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and he has continued to work on his own and in association with offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and the Raleigh-Durham area. He has worked on building types as diverse as university classrooms and galleries, church and parish facilities, correctional facilities, an entertainment amphitheatre master plan, and residential projects, including the official residence of a university chancellor.

President Malecha’s Achievements, Awards and Accolades:

President Malecha has achieved numerous accolades and awards as a testament to his leadership in the fields of architecture and design, and is currently a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He was elected as First President/President Elect (2008-2009) of the American Institute of Architects and in 2009 served as the professional association’s National President. He was also awarded the James Haecker Distinguished Leadership Award for Architectural Research (2007) as well as the William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning (2008). He was one of seven recognized Architectural Educators of the Year Award (2006) from Design Intelligence Magazine. He was ranked second nationally in 2005 for his influence on practice among architectural educators in the U.S. by the same publication. Also in 2006, President Malecha was inducted into Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, and received the Jackson Rigney Award for International Service from North Carolina State University. Malecha received the prestigious 2003 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education from the American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

He was recognized in 2002 as a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). This national distinction recognizes creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design scholarship, research or service. Also in 2002, he was selected as part of a team among six to receive the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy.

President Malecha is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects, California Council, Excellence in Education Award. He is the only American Educator to have been recognized as an honorary member of the European Association for Architectural Education. In 1999, he was presented the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. President Malecha has served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the California Council of Architectural Education, as well as the Vice Chair of the AIA/ACSA Council on Architectural Research.

Register Here

Unable to join in person? Watch the live stream here!