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Randall Ott


Randall Ott took his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and his professional master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. Prior to entering academia full-time, he worked professionally as a licensed architect at numerous firms, including Mitchell/Giurgola, Gunnar Birkerts and Associates, and Murphy/Jahn.

He has taught at several universities, including The University of Michigan, Columbia University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Colorado, where he was Associate Dean. Currently he serves as Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He joined Catholic in August of 2003.

He has published book chapters, articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries on a variety of subjects about modern architecture and its visualization techniques. As a designer, for the last decade he has been involved in the study and design of sacral and honorific spaces of a theoretical character, using the computer as the primary tool of visualization. For his work on the design of these theoretical chapels, he has won three National Faculty Design Awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.