Milton S. F. Curry

Dean, Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair

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B.Arch, Cornell University M.Arch, Harvard GSD

Milton S. F. Curry is dean and professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and holds the Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture - positions he has held since 2017. Dean Curry is an academic leader and an accomplished scholar and designer. He has edited and co-edited six serial volumes of Critical Productive Journal and Appendx Journal; and has authored influential essays and articles related to architecture, urbanism, race and cultural theory. Dean Curry worked at the offices of KPF Architects prior to establishing his own design practice, MiltonCurry ProjectStudio, where he worked on built projects in New York and Ithaca, unbuilt projects in Oakland, and exhibition projects, including his works in the 2004 Studio Museum in Harlem. He has organized symposia and conferences at Design Miami, Zona Maco Mexico City, and at academic institutions such as Cornell and University of Michigan. Dean Curry believes in public discourse on architecture and culture and has been cited and published in Deem Journal, Architect’s Newspaper, Huffington Post, Detroit Is It, Architectural Record, Archinect, ARCHITECT, and other venues. Dean Curry has lectured and contributed to panels widely, most recently at Princeton University, Columbia Buell Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Venice Biennale. Dean Curry recently was selected to deliver the inaugural annual meeting address at The Architectural League of New York’s 138th Annual Meeting.

Dean Curry obtained his Master in Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1992 and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in 1988. He has held teaching positions at Arizona State University, Cornell University, Harvard Graduate School of Design and University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. At Cornell University from 1995-2010, Dean Curry taught seminar and lecture courses on architecture theory, undergraduate and graduate design studios. From 2002-2008, he held the position of director of the Cornell Council for the Arts. At Harvard GSD, Dean Curry taught an urban housing design studio. At University of Michigan from 2010-2017, Dean Curry taught seminar and lecture courses on architecture and urban theory and was associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. He oversaw new master’s degree programs in urban design and technology, new high school enrichment program and space in Detroit, and an A. W. Mellon Foundation funded multidisciplinary research initiative on egalitarianism and megacities.

Dean Curry is committed to the innately democratic project of the American university, and believes that architecture thinking is critical to the academy’s role in advancing contemporary discourse on cultural inclusion and social impact.


Architecture is an intellectual gateway to careers as diverse as architecture, interior design, urban design, landscape architecture, and the design of products and cities. Our professional degrees in architecture combine the best of a liberal arts-humanities education with an education in how to make things - buildings, landscapes, products and and environments.Our non-professional undergraduate and graduate degrees offer opportunities to explore architecture’s connections to other disciplines - including cultural heritage, new technology and urbanism. ‘Architecture thinking’ is about problem-solving, ideating, creating and making! The legacy of innovation and rigor embedded within an architectural education is unrivaled - the design studio and the relentless push for creative solutions that change old paradigms to produce something new are unique to architectural education. Our educational offerings at the school include architecture, landscape architecture, building science, and heritage conservation. With 760 students and 120 faculty members, the School has the reach and scale of few others nationwide.

Today, our graduates are helping to build contemporary cities and environments from the US to Asia. Building on a history of design excellence and innovation that began with the school’s founding in 1919 as a Department of Art and Architecture, the school continues to use its curriculum, exhibitions and research to foster vibrant speculations on the most pressing issues of our day. The School has always been a place for individual invention and has graduated architects whose eclectic way of thinking and groundbreaking personal narratives symbolize the School’s rigorous yet pluralistic pedagogies. Graduates include distinguished and award-winning architects.


USC Architecture is a different kind of school of architecture.

Our collective ambition and core purpose is to be a 21st century “academic cultural institution” dedicated to producing the next generation of architects, designers and scholars who are leaders; redefining architectural education; and experimenting with radical pedagogical models that are inclusive of other disciplines such as cultural theory and history, business and communications, public policy and activism.


Our school believes in creating value by impacting the communities in which we live and work. We are unabashed in linking the role of the architect and design professional to an ethic of citizenship that links design excellence with a humanistic consciousness. Our core values are centered around equality and social justice, and the belief that through architecture we can collectively enrich basic human existence in harmony with our indigenous ecologies. As technology has brought disparate peoples closer together, we still find ourselves atomized by geographic constraints, economic limitations, structural inadequacies, and conflict. Utilizing our academic programs, exhibitions and public events, research initiatives and partnerships - the School is committed to cultural porosity that engages unconventional and diverse constituencies to add contribute to a knowledge exchange between our school and the communities that we serve.


Our culture as a school revolves around curating vibrant debate on contemporary issues - with informed and critical dialogue between students, faculty, visiting lecturers and practitioners and external constituencies. Our students are being equipped with competencies that range in scope from technical skills in designing architecture and landscapes at all scales; conceptual precision in articulating ideas about technology and history and linking design to other discourses including humanities and social sciences; to representational finesse in utilizing analog, digital, and moving image methods to communicate ideas. Our faculty are driven to explore—from the everyday consequences of architecture and design to impact a community, to the experimental realm of theoretical research and speculation. Our graduates and faculty become leaders through a sustained, rigorous dialogue with each other. Theoretical knowledge - developed through designing, writing, forums of public and intellectual exchange - is crucial to developing speculative futures that make social, political and aesthetic intentions tangible. The School is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse platform for critical thinking. Leading with our collective values - architecture as a human right, urban development that prioritizes the public good, designing with social consciousness as top of mind - USC Architecture enlivens public discourse and debate on architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, building science, technology and heritage conservation.

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