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New chair named for architecture and landscape architecture

Kent Sandstrom, dean of the NDSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, announced David Bertolini has been selected as the next chair of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Bertolini, who is a professor and graduate coordinator in the School of Architecture at Louisiana State University, is expected to join NDSU in late July.

“Dr. Bertolini will help to build the academic distinction of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is also a dedicated leader who can successfully guide the department as it addresses the transitions and challenges it will face in the future,” Sandstrom said. “We are delighted to welcome him to the college and to NDSU.”

Bertolini has been a faculty member at Louisiana State University since 2003. He was appointed graduate coordinator in 2009. During his time at LSU, Bertolini was recognized with the 2006-07 Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Art and Design. He also received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Honors College three times.

“I am honored to join the department at NDSU,” Bertolini said. “The department has intelligent students and a talented faculty who I am excited to work with. North Dakota faces a unique set of issues from its booming economy to its fast-growing communities, thus it is important for the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to provide leadership by imagining the future – a built environment that is sustainable, beautiful and functional.”

Bertolini earned a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida in 1985. He also earned a Master’s of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1993 and a doctorate in English from Temple University in 2008. His scholarly and creative areas of expertise include post-mortem architecture, film theory and visual/spatial continuity.

He holds architectural licenses in Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Bertolini also is a member of the Society for Cinema Studies, American Society of Cinematographers and Modern Language Association.

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