In a field that is evolving rapidly with the promise of new technology and the demands of a changing society, it is more important than ever that professional schools prepare students for success. As a testament to Woodbury’s ability to meet these needs, Dean Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA, was once again named one of DesignIntelligence’s Top 25 Most Admired Educators in Architecture.
Ingalill was selected for her “… amazing vision for the role of the architect as not just an expert on design and the process of architecture, but as citizens in the wider world.” As dean, Ingalill has worked to ensure that Woodbury graduates are equipped not only with professional and technical skills, but also the critical thinking, communication, and creative skills they need to be successful in their career and life. The most admired educators are selected by DesignIntelligence staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students. DesignIntelligence (DI) is an independent organization that promotes leadership and research in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, and design.
“Woodbury is a unique institution, highly ranked and educating primarily local students. I’m fortunate to be in a place where students and graduates form strong and lasting connections with our faculty while forging meaningful careers,” Wahlroos-Ritter says. “This is a recognition of how powerful Woodbury’s culture is, and I’m grateful to be a part of that.”
Now What?! Exhibition at WUHO Gallery
Through Ingalill’s leadership, Woodbury is recognized as a trailblazer for the profession of architecture—improving ethnic diversity and gender parity and reaffirming the importance of social responsibility within the profession. In 2009, Ingalill established WUHO, Woodbury University’s gallery for experimental installations, and, as director, has produced over 90 exhibitions. In addition to her role as dean, Ingalill serves as a professor and practicing architect with a teaching career that spans over nineteen years. Her leadership and research in the design of the building envelope and the experimental use of glass forms the basis of her teaching and scholarship. She has worked on multiple innovative design projects that have received local and national AIA project awards and international recognition.
Last year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) welcomed Ingalill into its highly selective College of Fellows, making her one of only three percent of AIA’s nearly 100,000 members to receive this distinction. Ingalill becomes the sixth Fellow at Woodbury including Jeanine Centuori, Annie Chu, Helena Jubany, Barbara Bestor and Ronald Altoon. The honor recognizes Ingalill’s commitment to her students, the profession, and the broader discipline of architecture.
Free and open to the public, the full list of educators and schools on DesignIntelligence’s website offers comprehensive listings at both undergraduate and graduate level across 12 categories, attained from surveys from more than 9,000 hiring professionals, 123 academics institutions and more than 6,000 students. Woodbury’s 2019 Design Intelligence Rankings include 11th Most Hired From in Architecture, and 4th Most Hired From in Interior Design.