Biography

Frances Bronet

Distinguished Professor, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Frances Bronet was named acting senior vice president and provost on August 8, 2014. Bronet, a professor of architecture, has served as dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts since 2005. 

Bronet holds degrees in architecture and engineering from McGill University. She was licensed by the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in 1982, practicing in multiple offices, including her own, in Montreal. She received a Master of Science degree in architectural design from Columbia University. Prior to coming to Oregon, Bronet was a professor and former associate as well as acting dean of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) while continuing design consulting in New York.

She has been developing and publishing work on multidisciplinary design curricula connecting architecture; engineering; science, technology and society (H&SS); dance; and electronic arts for the past 20+ years. She has received extensive funding from NSF, NEA and NEH/FIPSE for work on new pedagogical models using design for technical and/or interdisciplinary learning.

Bronet just completed the performance “Don’t Leave Me” with nationally acclaimed choreographer Alito Alessi, his award-winning mixed-abilities company DanceAbility, University of Oregon faculty and dancers, and renowned Knight Professor and electronic musician Jeff Stolet – in a debut of a set of choreographed action installations examining the relationship between space and movement. This work will be presented at the National Building Museum, DC in 2016. Her series of funded interactive full-scale architecture, construction and dance performance/installations (Beating a Path and SpillOut) with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company received critical acclaim. She has worked or taught with McArthur recipient Elizabeth Streb, Doug Verone, Terry Creach, Emmy award-winner Branda Miller, The Berkshire Ballet, and Sandra Burton Dance Company for these “Design in Movement” projects.

Selected publications include: “Quilting Space: Alternative Models for Architectural and Construction Practice,” in Research in Science and Technology Studies: Gender and Work“Space-in-the-Making,” in Geographies of Dance“Teaching the Design: Feminist Practice,” with Linda Layne, anthropologist, in Feminist Technologies; “Product Design and Innovation: The Evolution of an Interdisciplinary Design Curriculum,” International Journal for Engineering Education (w/Gabriele, et al).

Bronet has been named an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor, a Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator (2011 & 2014), and is the co-founder of the ACSA Women’s Leadership Council. She recently co-chaired the ACSA New Administrators’ Conference. Bronet will serve as ACSA Vice Chancellor for the College of Distinguished Professors in 2015 and as Chancellor in 2016. She is a recipient of the 2001 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year and the 2001 William H. Wiley Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research, service and contributions to the university and community.