John Garvey, the President of Catholic University announces the new dean. Mark Ferguson sees his appointment as the dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.

Randall Ott will be Ferguson’s predecessor; he has been the dean since 2003. Ott is stepping down for a yearlong sabbatical and later will continue as a faculty member.

The partner of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, L.L.P. in New York will take on the duties of dean from 1 July 2020.

About Ferguson

Mark Ferguson
(Photo Courtesy: Catholic University of America)

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in architecture. He also has a master’s degree from Princeton University in architecture.

Ferguson founded Ferguson & Shamamian Architects along with his partner, Oscar Shamamian, in 1988. The firm has grown to 90 persons who continue to work on projects in five countries and twenty-three states. The firm specialises in a classical as well as a traditional style of architecture.

Ferguson was a teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design. At the University of Miami, he played the role of a critic.

He is the director of the National Board of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, a founding member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


Garvey speaks of his excitement to welcome Ferguson as the new dean at the School of Architecture and Planning. He praises the diverse portfolio that Ferguson & Shamamian Architects have built over the years. He considers him to not only be an architect but a leader and builder as well.

Ferguson looks forward to the opportunities he shall find at Catholic University. He aims to spread knowledge and inspire young minds. Apart from that, he is excited to explore a new city and the resources it has to offer.


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