Ralph Stern
Faculty of Architecture
Professor, Department of Architecture
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Professional and Administration Accomplishments
Ralph Stern is a licensed architect in Manitoba, a member of the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) and has served on the MAA Council since 2011, to which he has been appointed for a third consecutive term. He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He is also a licensed architect in the United States (New York), where he holds professional licensure for more than 25 years, is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has worked for firms such as the Pritzker-Prize winning Richard Meier and Partners. He has held professional licensure in Germany.
      An accomplished educator, Ralph Stern has more than 20 years of educational experience in public and private institutions in the United States, Europe, and Canada including the Technical University Berlin (TUB), University of the Arts Berlin (UdK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University and, as Research Associate, Cambridge University. His research has been exhibited and published internationally and received support from various institutions including the (US) National Endowment for the Arts, the American Embassy in Berlin, and the German Foreign Ministry.
       As Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Ralph Stern utilized his international experience in design competitions to facilitate the relationship with phase eins of Berlin in managing the open international design competition for Visionary (re)Generation, the new master plan for the University’s Fort Garry campus. His expertise in architecture and urban design was essential in serving as a Technical Juror for the first international competition undertaken by the University. The strategic planning to realize this vision for the University of Manitoba is currently underway.
       Ralph Stern led three visits for senior University administrators and faculty to Germany and Switzerland to highlight the importance of contemporary urban design. The benefits following include a formal relationship between the University of Manitoba and the Technical University Munich (student, faculty, and research exchanges), increasing opportunities for leading-edge research in areas of sustainable and energy efficient design (including with firms such as Transsolar) as well as digital fabrication. He has worked to facilitate cooperation with the prestigious Oskar von Miller Forum (OvMF).

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Teaching and Research Accomplishments
While serving as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Ralph Stern has championed the seminal legacy of modernist design education that has shaped our regional and national built environments. He has tirelessly advocated for the fundamental importance of environmental design in an era of climate change and increasing resource scarcity. In following these convictions, he has championed inter-disciplinary education to prepare students for the quickly changing world they will be entering as aspiring professionals. He has developed the first course offered by the Faculty to be cross-listed with Native Studies and co-taught two highly successful Berlin Interdisciplinary Studios with a Faculty alumna. Underscoring his personal commitment to the Faculty’s Strategic Plan and the University’s Strategic Priorities, he is currently, together with the Associate Dean Academic (also an alumna of the Faculty), developing coursework and outreach both local and international in the area of Indigenous Design.
       In joining the Faculty, Ralph Stern brought with him extensive international teaching experience from the United States and Europe, including the Technical University Berlin and the University of the Arts Berlin, where he was co-director of the Program for Urban Processes. He served as Visiting Faculty for the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics, the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, and the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program at MIT. He has been a Research Associate in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.

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Ralph profile

CAUT Report on the Faculty of Architecture:
A Fatally Tainted Report

: Studio
Guatemala Studio 2019-20
New York Studio 2018-19
Berlin Studio 2017
Indigenous Design Studio 2015

Berlin Studio 2015 Course Description
Berlin Studio 2014 Final Review Photo Gallery

Teaching: History, Theory, Criticism
Dark Cities: Cinema and the Urban Imaginary
The Sublime: Trajectories of an Aesthetic
Architectural History and Theory: 1750-1900
The Western: Cartographies of Ideology

Research: Exhibits (selected)
Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Arch2 Gallery
Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Fact Sheet

Research: Publications (selected)
From the American West to West Berlin (Places)
From the American West to West Berlin (Amazon)
Urbanizing the Mojave Desert (Places)
Urbanizing the Mojave Desert (Amazon)
Winckelmann, Piranesi: Graeco-Roman Controversies

Professional and Academic Memberships
Manitoba Association of Architects (Councillor)
American Institute of Architects New York
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Society of Architectural Historians

Indigenous Initiatives

Indigenizing the Curriculum (2015)
Indigenous Awareness Week (2015)
Coming to a Common Place (2014)
Venice Biennale: Arctic Adaptations (2014)
Invited Speakers (2014-2015)


Partners Program + Friends of Engineering
Centennial Celebration: Winnipeg
Centennial Celebration: Vancouver
Venice Biennale: Migrating Landscapes (2012)

Dean's Lecture Series

Invited Speakers 2011-2015

Letters from the Dean