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Joseph Francis Albano
Regent's Proceedings 1091

Joseph Francis Albano, Professor of Architecture, is retiring from the active faculty of his College at the age of sixty-five, after twenty- four years of teaching at this University.

Professor Albano was educated at the Illinois Institute of Technology in his native Chicago, earning his bachelor's degree in 1929. During the next nine years he gained experience as an architectural draftsman with various Chicago firms. In the nine years after that, he taught art in the Chicago public schools, earned a master's degree from Northwestern, and pursued further study at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After a year of teaching architecture at the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, he came to The University of Michigan as Assistant Professor of Architecture, advancing to Associate Professor in 1954 and to Professor in 1959.

Professor Albano was a superior teacher of architectural design, holding his students to the highest professional standards. And he proved his versatility by teaching ably also in the course sequences in visual fundamentals and architectural history. His research on the developing technical potentialities of his profession attested a lively awareness of both philosophical and technical issues. His limited architectural practice here was of excellent quality.

His voice on departmental and College committees, furthermore, was judicious and humane, contributing to wise decisions on both policies and persons. Appointed to a number of city commissions, and serving most recently as co-chairman of the Housing Commission, he displayed also patience and subtlety in confronting delicate social issues in the town.

The University has been honored by Professor Albano's services. It is gratifying to the Regents, as they appoint him Professor Emeritus of Architecture, to salute him alike as professional educator and as man and citizen, and to invite him most cordially to retain his academic, professional and civic associations here.