Donna Robertson, FAIA, the dean of the college of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has submitted her resignation.
Effective May 31, 2012, Robertson will resign as the college dean, a post she has held since 1996. She was appointed to her third six-year term as dean in 2008, and will be leaving the position before the end of her current appointment.
Robertson—possibly the most visible woman working in the field of architectural education—will remain as faculty at IIT.
Before her appointment as dean at IIT, she was the dean for the school of architecture at Tulane University. She has served as a studio critic and professor at a number of colleges, including Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Columbia University's Barnard College, and the University of Virginia, where she received her master's degree.
During her tenure as dean at IIT, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat relocated its headquarters to the college. The school also launched a master's program in landscape architecture.
DesignIntelligence named Robertson as one of the "25 Most Admired Educators of 2011." Robertson is a partner and cofounder of macro design, which was previously Robertson McAnulty Architects.
The news comes just weeks after the Aug. 22 start of the fall semester at IIT. Robertson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
This post will be updated.