School of Architecture Dean, Raymond Yeh, will step down to return to teaching
Yeh's tenure saw momentous changes in the school's education programsUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
UH Manoa Chancellor's Office
W. H. Raymond Yeh, Dean of the UH Manoa School of Architecture for fourteen years, has informed Manoa Chancellor Denise Konan of his intention to step down from the Dean‘s position and return to teaching at the school.
"I was privileged to have come here following my predecessor, founding Dean Elmer Botsai," Yeh noted. "He built the school on a solid foundation, and I have been fortunate to have continued strong support from alumni and the professional community to help the school thrive.
"We have now completed a major program transition from a five-year Bachelor of Architecture program to a comprehensive seven year professional Architecture Doctorate," he added. "I believe this is an appropriate time for a leadership transition moving into the university‘s centennial year."
The new curriculum at the School of Architecture offers the only accredited professional architecture doctoral program in the nation, and serves as a new approach to internationalize architecture education. Among other tings, it incorporates a one year off-campus professional mentorship for students to work with international firms around the world.
Manoa Chancellor Denise Konan offered her congratulations to Yeh for his leadership at the school. "I respect the dean‘s wish to return to teaching," she said, "and I am pleased that our school will continue to benefit from his expertise and good counsel as we begin the search for a new dean. The school has added to our position of leadership in the Asia Pacific region, and we will seek to reaffirm and enhance that status in the years ahead."
Yeh will remain as dean until a successor has been named. A search advisory committee is expected to be appointed soon.