Oxford Brookes has announced that Mark Swenarton will succeed Mike Jenks as head of the university's school of architecture in September.
Swenarton, a founder of the journals Architecture Today and EcoTech, is a distinguished architectural historian and teacher.
The Oxford Brookes school - which is one of the largest schools of architecture in the country - also includes the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development.
Swenarton said he was delighted to be taking up the post. 'I am enormously excited by this appointment, ' he said.
'Oxford Brookes is an architecture school with an impressive record and outstanding potential.
'I greatly look forward to working with colleagues and taking the department forward to meet the challenges facing architecture and architectural education in the 21st century.'