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Francis Bronet Francis Bronet

President, Pratt Institute


Frances Bronet was appointed the 12th president of the Pratt Institute and assumed her role on January 2, 2018.

Ms. Bronet is a distinguished educator at the forefront of interdisciplinary learning. Most recently, she served as the senior vice president and provost at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Previously, Ms. Bronet served as acting provost of the University of Oregon. From 2005 to 2014, Ms. Bronet was the dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (now the College of Design) at the University of Oregon. She began her academic career as a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985. Ms. Bronet later was named associate dean of architecture, professor of architecture, and acting dean of the school.

Throughout her career, Ms. Bronet has developed and published work on multidisciplinary design curricula connecting architecture, engineering, science, technology, society, dance, and electronic arts. For her work on new pedagogical models using design for technical and/or interdisciplinary learning, she has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities/Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Ms. Bronet also developed interactive, full-scale architecture, construction, and dance performance/installations with multiple dance companies.

Ms. Bronet has been named an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor and a Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator (2011 and 2014). She is the co-founder of the ACSA women’s Leadership Council. Ms. Bronet is recipient of the 2001 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year and the 2001 William H. Wiley Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research, service and contributions to the university and community.

Ms. Bronet holds undergraduate degrees in architecture and engineering from McGill University and a graduate degree in architectural design from Columbia University. She was licensed by the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in 1982 and practiced in multiple offices, including her own, in Montreal.

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