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The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) home to the most wide-ranging and diverse set of academic offerings at the university: 31 undergraduate majors, 63 minors, 27 graduate programs, and 17 combined degrees that allow students to earn both a BA and MA in just five years. Our faculty are actively engaged intellectuals who guide students to become thoughtful citizens whose skills and knowledge make them attractive to employers across a broad spectrum of public- and private-sector fields. Our staff offer holistic support and advising to facilitate student success from matriculation to graduation and beyond. Our graduates stand out for their sense of purpose and their readiness to critically tackle complex issues in real-world settings.
Guillermo Vásquez de Velasco is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS). He previously served as Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University, and as Executive Associate Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.
He joined DePaul University as Dean and Professor of Art, Media, and Design in 2016. Prior to his tenure at DePaul, Ball State, and Texas A&M, Dr. Vasquez de Velasco held teaching and/or research positions at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and the Sagrado Corazón University in Lima, Peru. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban planning in 1979 from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru; his master’s degree in architecture in 1982 from the University of Toronto in Canada; and his doctoral degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands in 1991.
Recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, Vásquez de Velasco has combined professional practice in architecture and urbanism, with teaching, scholarship, and academic administration into a career that celebrates Design Thinking, multidisciplinary collaboration, and the constant exploration of digital technologies in design and education. He is a passionate advocate of the critical mission of the Liberal Arts in the 21st century and its key function in the education of future leaders. In recognition of his seminal work in the early development and use of digital technology in education, he received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University. Also, for the development of a wide variety of innovative international programs in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he was recognized with the TAMU International Excellence Award. And, most recently, he received the 2016 Arturo Montagu Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iberoamerican Society for Computer Graphics, known as SIGraDi. The organization gathers researchers, educators and professionals in the fields of architecture, urban design, interior design, graphic design, product design and art whose work involves digital media.
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