Cranbrook Academy of Art alumna Amy Green Deines has been named the graduate school’s new dean. Deines received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook in 2000. Most recently, she was a professor and interim dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University, and served as executive director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design and Technology. She succeeds Sarah Turner, who is stepping down from the position. Deines begins her new role on July 1.
“Amy Deines’s unique background as a graduate of the academy and also a practicing educator, designer and educational administrator makes her an ideal choice for this position,” said Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “Her work with the Detroit Center for Design and Technology, in addition to her experience as dean, shows her aptitude and skill to implement innovative projects that inject energy and an entrepreneurial spirit into the educational experience.”
In her role, Deines will work with Scoates on formulating, implementing and evaluating the institution’s academic policies and programs; managing academic activities of artists-in-residence; and developing new programs and overseeing recruitment and enrollment at the academy, among other responsibilities.
“I believe that today’s most successful contemporary creative practitioners have understood that 21st-century innovation is a research-based process that fully engages in a multidisciplinary, reflective practice,” said Deines. “As an alumna…I have a deep respect and understanding of the value that Cranbrook Academy of Art brings to art and design education. Cranbrook continues to reside at the forefront of an art and design education. Its unique model of bridging the artist-in-residence with the intellectual and creative agency within the individual departments allows for a hybrid or an unexpected practice to exist and thrive.”