Adrian Lahoud has been appointed as dean of the Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture.
Lahoud joined the college in September as head of the architecture programme after leaving his previous role leading the March in urban design at the Bartlett, University College London.
He replaces professor Alex de Rijke, who left in the summer to focus on his practice dRMM.
RCA pro-rector, professor Naren Barfield, described Lahoud as a ‘rising star’ with ‘energy, vision and commitment’.
He said: ‘Adrian impressed the search committee with his clear vision for architecture as a school committed to global excellence and reach in learning and teaching linked to world-class research, strong partnerships with industry, and a commitment to internationalisation and collaboration.’
Lahoud said ’It’s a fascinating moment to be at the RCA. There are some very serious ambitions taking shape in the College and I am looking forward to help guide them.’
He has also served as thesis advisor at the Projective Cities MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at the Architectural Association and as director of the MA programme at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.
He has recently lectured and exhibited at Princeton School of Architecture, Columbia University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Tate Britain and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
He also worked for a number of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design practices in Sydney, Australia.
Lahoud’s research explores the idea of scale within architecture and urban design especially with regards to climatic and environmental transformations.
He will take up his new position in January 2016.