Acting Senior Vice President and Provost
phone: (541) 346-3186
office: 1258 University of Oregon
M.Sc. Architecture ’85 Columbia University
B. Architecture ’78, B. Engineering ’79 McGill University
President, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 2001-2002
Ordre des Architectes du Quebec registration 1981
Frances Bronet is an educator, practicing designer, and dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Dean Bronet was appointed to serve in this top post in 2005 and moved with her family to Eugene from Troy, New York. An advocate for cross-disciplinary education, Dean Bronet has implemented courses and curricula for interdisciplinary learning, combining architecture; engineering; science, technology, and society; dance and electronic arts.
Dean Frances Bronet of the School of Architecture & Allied Arts has co-written an essay in the new collection Feminist Technology, published by the University of Illinois Press. In the collection, feminist scholars from diverse disciplines explore how technological innovations and consumer goods developed for women shape gender expectations, whether through design, use or marketing. Home pregnancy tests, menstrual-suppressing birth control pills and breast pumps are a few of the examples studied, many of which were originally advertised as liberating and time-saving breakthroughs. As noted in the essays, the multiplicity of women’s backgrounds and desires contributes to the need for informed design. Linda L. Layne, one of the collection’s co-editors and the Hale Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said in a press release, “A technology may appear feminist in the light of one type of feminism and antifeminist through a different feminist lens.” Bronet’s contribution, “Teaching Feminist Technology Design,” is a collaboration with Layne. Bronet helped found the Product Design and Innovation undergraduate program while a professor at Rensselaer.
A recent project called, “Spillout!” was work of performance and visual art created with choreographer Ellen Sinopoli and composer William Harper. The work toured in New York State in 2006 by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and will cross the U.S. during 2008. The project was a collaboration involving architecture, music, electronic arts and dance. The architecture and engineering students who worked with Dean Bronet created an armature covered with elastic bands that defined and defied space for the dancers.
Prior to coming to UO, Bronet was on the architecture faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 1985, was Associate Dean for 7 years and served as acting dean of architecture in 1995. Dean Bronet was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching CASE New York Professor of the Year in 2001, received Rensselaer’s William H. Wiley Distinguished Professor award and served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Dean Bronet practiced architecture in Montreal, graduating from McGill University in both engineering and in architecture, and completed her graduate degree in architecture at Columbia University.