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Philip N. Youtz
Regents' Proceedings 948

PHILIP NEWELL YOUTZ, Dean of the College of Architecture and Design and Professor of Architecture, relinquished his active status at the end of the past University year, at the statutory age of seventy. He had assumed his administrative duties here in 1957.

Dean Youtz brought to his profession a rich background in the humanities. Graduated with distinction from Amherst College in 1918, he proceeded to earn a master's degree in English literature from Oberlin College, and later studied both architecture and philosophy at Columbia University.

His unusually rich occupational experiences included teaching and architectural practice in China, instruction in philosophy and in architecture at Columbia, and terms as supervisor of adult education and art courses in New York City, curator in the Pennsylvania Museum of Arts in Philadelphia, and director of the Pacific Area of the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. For two years he served as president of the American Federation of Arts.

From 1939 to 1941, he traveled widely in South America. During the war he served as an official in an agency of the War Production Board and as Director of Technical Research for the Smaller War Plants Corporation. After the war he entered private architectural practice in New York; during that period he perfected the "lift-slab" method of concrete construction, which has been described as the most significant contribution in its field since the introduction of reinforced concrete. He also found time to write and edit books in the fields of aesthetics, architecture, and general culture.

At this University, Dean Youtz revealed a sympathetic insight into the particular arts and crafts within his prospect and a comprehensive awareness of the philosophic and social issues involved with them. In the face of overcrowding and attendant confusion, he fostered the individual creative bent of both students and faculty members. Confronting the demand for continued growth and diversification, he so allotted the resources of his School as to preserve its present strength while making straight the way for needful future change.

On the occasion of his retirement, the Regents would thank him most warmly for lending to this University the mature years of his eminent life. As they appoint him Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture and Design, they cordially extend to him the privileges perquisite to that title.