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John C. Meunier

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Area: Design
Category: Faculty
Title: Professor of Architeture
Office: DN 360
Phone: 480.965.1038
Specialty: Architecture
E-mail: John.Meunier@asu.edu
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John Meunier came to Arizona State University in 1987 to be Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, a position he held until 2002 when he returned to the faculty as a Professor of Architecture. Previously he was Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, having been Head of the Department of Architecture there from 1976 to 1979. He started teaching architecture at Cambridge University in England where he was on the faculty from 1962 to 1976, and was Acting Head from 1973-4.

While in Britain Professor Meunier was a widely published practicing architect. His work was exhibited at the Paris Biennale in 1967, and he and his partners, Barry Gasson and Brit Andresen won the competition and commission for the Burrell Museum in Glasgow in 1972. The building was completed in 1983.

Professor Meunier studied at Liverpool University from which he graduated with a first-class honors degree, B.Arch, in 1959. He then received a Frank Knox Fellowship to the Graduate School of Design at Harvard from which he graduated with a Masters of Architecture in 1960. On his appointment to the Faculty of Fine Arts at Cambridge University in 1962 he received an M.A.

Professor Meunier has had many articles published on architectural education, has been the editor of a monograph, “Language in Architecture,” and was the founding editor of the occasional journal, CENTRAL Papers on Architecture. Professor Meunier?s work focused on the issue of the design of new buildings in historically sensitive urban contexts, arising out of his presidency while in Cincinnati of the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, and his work as a practicing architect in Cambridge. He has been a design consultant to the City of Cincinnati, and a member of its four-man Urban Design Review Board. He was Vice-Chair of the City of Phoenix Central City Architectural Design Review Panel. He is a member of the GSA Design Excellence Peer Professional group, and was also Chair of Arizona State University?s Public Art and Design Review Council throughout his Deanship.

During his career Professor Meunier has been a Visiting Critic and Lecturer at many schools of architecture but has spent extended periods as a visitor at McGill, Harvard, Yale, San Luis Obispo, and Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a registered architect in West Germany and Britain and has received reciprocal certification in the U.S.A. from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a registered architect in the State of Arizona and a member of the A.I.A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. He is a Past-President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and was also a member of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. In 2005-6 he was Interim Director of the School of Architecture at Clemson University while on leave from ASU.

At the end of his deanship of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University he began the research phase of a project intended to produce a television series for KAET and National Public Television called 'Desert Cities: Surviving the 21st Century'. This has involved travel to desert cities in many parts of the world, including Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Egypt, Yemen, Australia, Chile and Peru. The thesis of the series is that there are important lessons to be learnt from visiting pre-industrial desert cities that are relevant to the challenge of sustainability as we contemplate the future of rapidly growing desert cities of today, such as Phoenix. A series of educational videos has already been produced that are currently available from Insight Media. This has led to his current interests in Sustainable Compact Urbanism and urban and architectural formal Intricacy.

Curriculum Vitae


Making Desert Cities

Academic Credentials

MA Cambridge University
MArch Harvard University
BArch (First Class Honors) University of Liverpool, United Kingdom Past Fellow Darwin College Cambridge, Fellow of the Royal Society Of Arts

Research Interests

The Architecture and Planning of Compact Urbanism

Desert Cities of the World

Intricacy in Architecture and Urban Form

New Architecture in Historically Significant Urban Contexts

Museum Design

Sponsored and Applied Research

Graham Foundation, SRP, APS, and Gary Herberger support for Desert City Research

Desert City Videos marketed by Insight Media

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