Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professorship in Architecture
The Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professorship in Architecture is used to attract scholars and professionals from outside the University to the School of Architecture to promote a more diverse and international faculty as exemplified by Jaquelin T. Robertson, former faculty member and dean of the School of Architecture from 1980 to 1988. Mr. Robertson's work was directed at the research and the design of the public realm, with emphasis on comprehensive strategies for development. His big ideas, dedication and influence were pivotal in transforming the School of Architecture into what it is today'one of the premier schools of architecture in the nation. The Board of Visitors established the professorship in June 2007.
In 2015-16, the Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professorship in Architecture was awarded to Hrvoje Njiric, Founder of njiric arhitekti. Mr. Njiric was the keynote lecturer for the 5th edition of the VORTEX workshop at the School of Architecture, held in January, 2016. He directed and acted as a critic in the ambitious all-school design workshop. He also discussed his professional work and roots in Zagreb, Croatia, where njiric is based.
Mr. Njiric studied architecture at the Architectural Faculty at the University of Zagreb. Mr. Njiric has acted a visiting professor at several institutions and Universities across Europe including, guest professor at the Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Denmark, at the Facolta d’Architettura di Trieste, Italy, at the ETSAM (MCH) Madrid, Spain, as The William Lyon Somerville Visiting Lecturer at the EVDS Calgary, Canada, AF Ljubljana, Slovenia, The Frank Gehry Chair at UofT Toronto, Canada and in the US at MIT. Additionally, Mr. Njiric enjoys critiquing and judging competitions. He has sat on several committees and juries in Croatia (9), Austria, Spain, Slovenia (3), Germany (2), Romania, Italy (2) and Switzerland.