Henri T. de Hahn will join Virginia Tech as Director of the School of Architecture + Design beginning in July.
A native of Montreal, Canada, de Hahn moved with his family to Vienna, Austria at a young age, and at nine to Switzerland. After graduating from the College St-Michel in Fribourg with a B.S., de Hahn was educated as an architect at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, completing an M.Arch. in 1985. During his studies he worked with Atelier Cube in Lausanne, Switzerland. He completed additional studies at The Cooper Union and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York.
Prior to his most recent role as Provost at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design in San Diego, Calif., de Hahn was Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Between 1993 and 1996 he taught in Switzerland in the Architecture Department at the ETH-Zürich, and at the Art Center in Vevey while working with the architectural firm Musy et Vallotton Architectes in Lausanne. Previously, de Hahn was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, and he has served as a visiting professor at the Aayojan School of Architecture in Jaipur, India.
De Hahn is a registered architect in Switzerland, and member of the Swiss Society of Architects (SIA), REG A, International Associate AIA, and numerous professional societies both in Europe and America. He maintains his own firm, Atelier de Hahn, in conjunction with his wife, Tracee de Hahn.