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Three for three: MSU College of Arts and Architecture names new directors

August 17, 2009


Perhaps because they come from far-flung places, the three new directors for the MSU College of Arts and Architecture bring a world of experience to the college. They are (from left): Robert F. Arnold, a filmmaker who comes from Boston University, director of the MSU School of Film and Photography; Fatih A. Rifki, former dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, director of the MSU School of Architecture; and Vaughan Judge, a fine art photographer from The Glasgow (Scotland) School of Art, director of the MSU School of Art. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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The Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture will have new directors in all three of its schools when school resumes later this month.

Susan Agre-Kippenhan, dean of the college, said that the three directors assumed their duties July 1. The new directors are: Robert F. Arnold, a filmmaker who comes from Boston University, director of the MSU School of Film and Photography; Vaughan Judge, a fine art photographer from The Glasgow (Scotland) School of Art, director of the MSU School of Art; and Fatih A. Rifki, former dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, director of the MSU School of Architecture.

It is the first time in the history of the college that the leadership in the three schools has turned over concurrently, providing an opportunity for the college, Agre-Kippenhan said. Music is also an academic unit in the college, however it is a department and not a school. Alan Leech is the head of the Department of Music.

"We are delighted to welcome three incredible directors to the college all at once; they bring depth, breadth and interdisciplinary experience," Agre-Kippenhan said. "With new perspectives and new ideas the College of Arts and Architecture is be positioned for a very exciting future."

Arnold has been an associate professor in the Boston University Department of Film and Television since 2001. Arnold became involved in film through the fine arts. He is a trained sculptor who received a Bachelor's in Fine Arts degree with special honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. His master's degree, also in sculpture, is from the University of Iowa, where he also earned his Ph.D. in film studies. He has been a tenured professor at the University of Toledo and Florida Atlantic University. Arnold is an active, award-winning experimental film and video maker who has exhibited and had his films screened at film festivals throughout the world.

Judge has been head of Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland since 2002. A fine arts photographer, his initial degree was in photography from the Glasgow College of Building and Printing. He has a master's in photography from the University of Derby in England and an M.Ed. in education from the Scotland's Open University via the University of Glasgow, Caledonian University and the University of Edinburgh. He has worked in various capacities at the Glasgow School of Art since 1983. Judge's photography has been exhibited throughout the world and appeared in publications throughout the United Kingdom. His latest work has been included in 'Scottish Photography, A History', by Tom Normand.

Rifki had been the dean of the UAE's School of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah since 2005. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction. His master's degree in architecture is from the University of Oregon and his doctorate degree, which is in city and regional planning, is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to beginning his academic career at North Carolina State University in 1985, he served in various administrative positions in the College of Design, including associate dean for Graduate Studies and director of the Ph.D. in design program. Rifki worked as an architect and urban designer-planner on the Nicosia Master Plan, a United Nations Development Program project to redevelop Old Nicosia in Cyprus. The project was awarded the World Habitat Award in 1984 and the 2007 Agha Khan Award for Architecture. Rifki is also a founding member of the Society of Building Science Educators and has been the president of Architecture Research Centers Consortium.

Susan Agre-Kippenhan (406) 994-4405, susanak@montana.edu