Judith DiMaio is Dean of the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design. DiMaio holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College. As Dean, DiMaio has restructured aspects of the curriculum to address the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in building design, technology, and history, and has advocated for the creation of an international design-build studio at NYIT now known as sLAB; the first university-wide interdisciplinary project was a house that used solar power with fuel cells and that was an entrant in the 2005 Solar Decathlon. The house is now located on the property of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Also of note, students from the School’s Interior Design program were selected to be included in the 2012 Fiera di Milano; NYIT was one of 20 institutions worldwide and one of only two U.S. universities selected to exhibit at the fair.
Prior to joining NYIT, DiMaio was an associate professor at Yale’s School of Architecture and the director of undergraduate studies for Yale College’s major in architecture. She has been a visiting professor and lecturer at numerous universities including Columbia, Cornell, the Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University, and the University of Chicago. She also was the academic director of the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Program in Architecture, and oversaw the program for four years. She has been an invited lecturer at Oxford University at Magdalen College, Oxford, England, and is the author of innumerable published essays on Italian architecture and painting. She has served as a juror on numerous competitions, most recently for the ZeroFootprint prize, a not-for-profit network dedicated to reducing ecological footprint, and the Shanghai Expo International Design Competition – Chinese Pavilion.