Houston architect Timme named USC dean of architecture

Robert H. Timme

Houston architect Robert H. Timme has been appointed professor and dean at the School of Architecture. His appointment is effective Jan. 1, 1996.

Timme is now dean of the University of Houston’s College of Architecture, where he has taught design and design theory since 1972. He has concurrently served as founding director of the Centre d’Etude d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme, a research and teaching center in Saintes, France, since 1990.

In announcing the appointment Sept. 18, provost Lloyd Armstrong Jr. praised Timme both as an excellent administrator and a highly successful architect. “I am confident that our School of Architecture will prosper under his leadership,” Armstrong said.

Timme said he was proud to have been selected, noting the School of Architecture’s excellent reputation and the strength of its faculty and students.

“The young men and women we prepare for leadership roles in the profession of architecture must be aware of issues ranging from international practice to affordable housing, from neighborhood planning to information technology,” Timme said. “As dean, I want to position the school to address these issues not only through education but through active participation.”

Timme succeeds Victor Regnier, who has held the deanship since 1992 and will now return to full-time teaching and research. As dean at USC, Timme will continue to direct the Centre d’Etude d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme and to edit its yearly journal, Saintonge.u0000u0000

A registered architect, Timme is a partner in the Houston firm of Taft Architects – the recipient of more than 60 design awards, including three consecutive National AIA Design Awards and a Progressive Architecture Design Award.

The firm’s work – which includes such projects as Hope Elementary School in Columbus, Ind., Talbot House in Nevis, West Indies, and Lycée Bernard Palissy, in southwestern France – has been featured in more than 200 articles appearing in architecture journals and other publications.

The office is known for its educational projects and has just completed the Rice University/Houston Independent School District Lab School.

Timme earned two bachelor’s degrees, in 1969 and 1971, and a master of architecture degree, in 1979, from Rice University. He studied with Peter Eisenman at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, and later worked with I. M. Pei Partners and with Paul Kennon at CRS.

In 1984, Timme was selected for the Esquire Magazine Register: Best of the New Generation. He has been a guest lecturer or critic at nearly 100 universities and professional conferences and, with his Taft Architects partners, has held the Davenport Chair at Yale University.

Timme is a fellow of the American Academy of Rome and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.u0000