Credit: Noah Kalina
Robert Greenstreet, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Dean, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM)
“We’re a public university, and we have a very pronounced public mission,” says Robert Greenstreet, the dean of UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning since 1993, and Milwaukee’s chair of City Planning since 2004. Twelve years ago, he created Community Design Solutions, a program that pairs students with AIA members to work, pro bono, on small-scale neighborhood projects. “It’s a useful way for us to get involved in the texture of the community,” says Greenstreet. As the chair of Milwaukee’s City Plan Commission from 1993 to 2004, he overhauled obsolete zoning regulations and helped select Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, as the architect of the Milwaukee Art Museum. During his 35 years as an educator—at such institutions as Oxford Polytechnic University (where he received his Ph.D. in architecture in 1983) and the University of Kansas—he has taught a breadth of courses, from law and practice to architectural journalism. At UWM, he has fostered a richly interdisciplinary curriculum. “My whole goal is to make us relevant,” he says. “We can point to every new building on the skyline of Milwaukee and say who’s been involved—students, faculty, alumni. Our fingerprints are all over the place.”
Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA (chair) Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich.; Matthew Anthony Barstow, Assoc. AIA University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.; Gregory A. Kessler, AIA Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.; Adele Naudé Santos, FAIA Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.