This announcement isn't really a big surprise for the students, who have been thriving on rumors since May, but I just walked into studio and found a neatly printed memorandum on my desk making the official announcement to faculty, staff, and students. I see now it's already been in the news here at Archinect and even in the LA Times, so nothing breaking here. Qingyun Ma was the one dean candidate whom I did not see lecture last year, so I can't give any personal opinions, but I heard he was the most energetic of the four. Strangely enough, he also seems to be the one with the most future potential as a practicing architect, making it an interesting decision to leave that for a deanship.
At any rate, I have my Virginia Woolf retreat review this afternoon. My camera sort of stopped working just after I'd photographed one of my study models for perspective analysis, so I do apologize for having no images of it yet. I will reveal that it's the first time I've used curves. Milestone or not, I have confidence in the project, but we'll see how it goes.