Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumna Monica Ponce de Leon (MAUD ’91) has been selected as the next dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture, her appointment effective January 1, 2016.
Ponce de Leon has served as dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan since 2008, where she is also the Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning. Before her appointment at the University of Michigan, she taught at the GSD for twelve years, joining the GSD faculty in 1996 as a professor of architecture and director of the digital lab.
She received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from the GSD in 1991, after which she co-founded Office dA. She also launched her own design practice, Monica Ponce de Leon Studio, in 2011.
Ponce de Leon has also held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, among others.