March 11, 2011

University Architect Margaret Carney Leaving CWRU for Temple

Margaret Carney
Margaret Carney

University Architect and Planner Margaret M. Carney announced today that she has accepted a new position at Temple University in Philadelphia. She leaves Case Western Reserve University at the end of this month.

“Case Western Reserve is an outstanding institution located in an arts and cultural district that is unique in the nation,” Carney said. “It has been a privilege to work with so many talented individuals at the university and in the greater Cleveland community, especially at a time when collaboration among neighborhoods and institutions has produced such dramatic results.”

As Temple’s first-ever Associate Vice President, University Architect, Carney will play a leadership role in advancing Temple 20/20: Destination Temple, a $1.2 billion plan to enhance and expand the university’s physical campus. Last spring Temple’s trustees approved issuing $175 million in bonds to finance initial stages of the effort. Early projects include a 45,000-square-foot architecture building to provide studio space for students, a 140,000-square foot addition to existing recreation space, and a major new residential complex that will house an additional 1,400 students while at the same time providing student dining and retail options.

“Temple 20/20 will transform the campus in a way that energizes students and engages the surrounding neighborhoods,” Carney said. “The university is committed to a building program that supports its academic and research mission, reflects its history and aspirations, and inspires the people who will experience this campus for generations to come.”
Carney said the opportunity to take part in such an ambitious, comprehensive effort—particularly in an urban setting—aligned perfectly with her skills and interests. During her time at Case Western Reserve, she has participated actively with The Cleveland Foundation’s Greater University Circle Initiative, a multipronged effort that includes investments in housing, economic development and local renewal. She also is a member of the Design Review Committee for the City of Cleveland’s Planning Commission. These experiences have deepened her commitment to the power of thoughtful planning to improve the quality of life for the institutions involved, as well as the broader community.

Carney became Case Western Reserve’s first Associate Vice President, University Architect and Planner in 2003, just as the university was amid the initial stages of crafting its own campus master plan. Released in 2005, the plan has guided the development of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Uptown District Development, West Campus Master Plan Development and housing within the North Residential Village. More recently, Carney led the design and renovation of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center in Thwing and the preliminary planning for The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel.

“Margaret possesses great creativity and a commitment to excellence,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We are grateful to her for all of her contributions to Case Western Reserve, and wish her the very best in Philadelphia.”

President Snyder said that she and other senior administrators have taken interim steps to ensure that The Temple project maintains its momentum in coming months. In addition, the university soon will launch a national search for a new university architect.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, March 11, 2011 09:26 AM | News Topics: Staff

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