North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has appointed Dr. Xavier Costa to be the founding dean of its Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, one of three new, dis­tinct col­leges being launched by the Uni­ver­sity this fall.

As founding dean, Dr. Costa will have the unique oppor­tu­nity to build on Northeastern’s existing strengths in the fields of arts, media and design to advance a global vision for the col­lege and lead it to achieve that vision.

Among his many schol­arly accom­plish­ments reaching across dis­ci­plines and con­ti­nents, Dr. Costa has cre­ated inter­na­tional part­ner­ships in Eng­land, Spain and China and over­seen the launch of dozens of grad­uate and doc­toral pro­grams stem­ming from these aca­d­emic col­lab­o­ra­tions,” said Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs at North­eastern. “The new Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design will ben­efit from his lead­er­ship and proven track record of excel­lence in a mul­ti­tude of fields.”

The Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design will include the School of Archi­tec­ture and the School of Jour­nalism; the depart­ments of Art + Design, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Studies, Music, and The­atre; and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­grams in Cinema Studies, Cre­ative Indus­tries and the Media Training Studios.

Fos­tering cre­ative expres­sion is an impor­tant pillar of Northeastern’s aca­d­emic plan,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “The new col­lege will play a key role in charting the path to the future of globally-​​inspired artistic and tech­no­log­ical inno­va­tion at the cross-​​section of dis­ci­plines. Dr. Costa is the per­fect person to lead us through this endeavor.”

Dr. Costa, a world-​​renowned archi­tect, will join North­eastern this fall from Elisava Design School at Uni­ver­sitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he has served as the dean since 2002. In this role, he cur­rently over­sees the devel­op­ment of a grad­uate school with 24 pro­grams, including a doc­toral pro­gram in design. In part­ner­ship with the Win­chester School of Art at the Uni­ver­sity of Southampton in the United Kingdom and the Uni­ver­sity of Dalian in China, Dr. Costa cre­ated a system of inter­na­tional master’s pro­grams. Con­cur­rently, he serves as the chair of the Metrop­olis Grad­uate Pro­gram in Archi­tec­ture at the Uni­ver­sitat Politèc­nica de Catalunya. The pro­gram focuses on an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to archi­tec­ture and urban studies.

Uni­ver­si­ties, foun­da­tions, and museums around the world seek Dr. Costa’s exper­tise. He has held aca­d­emic posi­tions at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­vania, and the Uni­ver­sity of North London; served as a curator at La Bien­nale in Venice and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and given schol­arly lec­tures in Zurich, Budapest, Cyprus, and Helsinki. He holds MS degrees in archi­tec­ture and his­toric preser­va­tion, as well as a PhD from the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­vania. He also holds a pro­fes­sional degree from the Uni­ver­sitat Politèc­nica de Catalunya and a BA in art his­tory from the Uni­ver­sitat de Barcelona.

Dr. Costa has received wide­spread aca­d­emic and research recog­ni­tion, including Ful­bright schol­ar­ships and awards as part of the Euro­pean Union’s Cul­ture 2000 and Fifth Frame­work pro­grams. He is the chief curator of archi­tec­ture and art pro­grams for the Mies van der Rohe Foun­da­tion in Barcelona. He serves on the advi­sory com­mittee of Carnegie Mellon University’s Remaking Cities Insti­tute and has served on the aca­d­emic com­mittee of the School of Archi­tec­ture at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois in Chicago.

Anchored by its sig­na­ture co-​​op pro­gram, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is world renowned for its lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion. North­eastern is also a leader in the pro­duc­tion of use-​​inspired research that meets global and soci­etal needs.

The new Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design was cre­ated as part of a restruc­turing of the former Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences and the Col­lege of Crim­inal Justice.