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Rabindra Mukerjea, Purdue University, (765) 494-9708
Mark Engelbrecht, Design, (515) 294-7427
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Rabindra Mukerjea, former assistant to the president at Iowa State University and professor of architecture, is the recipient of the 2001 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by Iowa State's College of Design.

Mukerjea, who is now director of strategic planning and assessment at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., will be honored with a reception and dinner on Friday, June 8, in Gallery 181 of the College of Design.

The Christian Petersen Design Award was created in 1980. It is given annually to "alumni, staff and friends of the university for contributions to the advancement of design through personal aesthetic achievement, exceptional support, or extraordinary encouragement and service." The award is named for the noted artist who was Iowa State's sculptor-in-residence from 1934 to 1955.

"Rab's career at our university has been distinguished by a dedication to its founding principles and an abiding concern for our college, its disciplines, and its people," said College of Design Dean Mark Engelbrecht. "We're very proud to count him as the newest Christian Petersen laureate."

Mukerjea joined the Iowa State architecture faculty in 1971. While at Iowa State, he held a number of leadership positions in the College of Design, including associate dean (1983-95), interim dean (1992-94 and 1984-85), acting chair (1986-87) and assistant to the chair (1976-81) of architecture, and coordinator of graduate programs in architecture (1981-83). He served as assistant to the president for budget planning and analysis under former ISU President Martin Jischke and ISU Interim President Richard Seagrave from 1995 through February 2001.

Mukerjea received a bachelor of architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, in 1966, and a master of applied science in systems design from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, in 1969.

Mukerjea is a charter member of the Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, and also holds memberships in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects. He received a Faculty Citation from the ISU Alumni Association in 1994 in recognition of "long, outstanding, and inspiring service," and was inducted into the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Applied Arts in 1974.


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