Jay Chatterjee

Jay Chatterjee , MArch, MRP, FAICP

Dean Emeritus, Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Planning

Professional Summary

Jay Chatterjee joined University of Cincinnati in 1967 and served as Dean of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning from 1982-2001. He retired in 2010 as Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Planning.
During his leadership, as the department head of Planning, he had proposed to the University, a merger of three other pre-existing urban/planning programs elsewhere at UC with the DAAP program. After receiving the university approval, a new School of Planning was created and he was appointed its first director. Earlier, along with his planning colleagues, and under the aegis of the university, he had led an innovative participatory planning to heal a riot-torn Queensgate II area, working with the City and the West End Community Council.
Under his leadership as a dean, he had implemented a college plan to combine nine departments into four schools, along with a reformulated organizational and academic structure for the college. It was a transformative experience, which prepared the college for a new building addition. During this period, the college had won several State of Ohio sponsored awards; two “Academic Challenge” awards, and three “Program Excellence” awards. Additionally, the college won and created an Ohio Eminent Scholar chair in Urban Design. During this period the College also received the state funding to create an Urban Planning and Design Center to assist local neighborhoods in their planning and development efforts. Most programs in the college achieved top ten statuses in the country with Architecture, Interior Design and Graphic Design reaching coveted number one positions in the nation.
His vision and leadership resulted in the development of a first time in Ohio process, whereby some of the world's leading designers were commissioned to build major “structures” and “places” for the University. DAAP complex, the Aronoff Center of Art and Design, would serve as the model for successive campus projects and the campus urban design. The Forbes Magazine listed the campus as one of the most beautiful in the world.
As a president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, he reorganized the association with its own independent conferences. He served as the chair of early conferences, including the first at Washington DC (1981). He also initiated the Journal of Planning Education And Research and Co-edited its formative years. He is a Founding Member of the Planning Accreditation Board. He has authored many papers and presentations at universities, conferences, workshops, and symposia.
He has received numerous honors, including: the ACSP Service Award, later renamed after him; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the UNC-Chapel Hill; the Apple Award from the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati; Post-Corbett  Lifetime Award in Cincinnati; inducted as a Fellow of the American institute of Certified Planners; the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects; a recipient of the Visionary Award of the Contemporary Arts Center; and, Martin Meyerson Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. The university instituted a lecture program titled “Chatterjee-Global” to honor his contributions to UC; Mayor of the City of Cincinnati declared June 10, 2013, as Jay Chatterjee Day; Indian Institute of Technology honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award; and, he received the distinguished Sachs Prize.
Professor Chatterjee served on many major civic boards, including the Urban Design Review Board; the Contemporary Arts Center Board of Trustee; he also served as presidents and board members of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati and the Seasongood Foundation.


(Educated at the Indian Institute of Technology (B. Arch Honors), Cert. in Tropical Architecture at the AA School, London, A Master in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina (MRP), and an M.Arch (Urban Design) from the Harvard University.)


Other Publications

Publications include: “Of Structures and Spaces and Structural Spaces” in, From the Temple of Zeus to the Hyperloop, From the Temple of Zeus to the Hyperloop, University of Cincinnati Press; “Why New Perspectives are Needed” Chapter in “Breaking the Boundaries: A One World Approach to Planning Education, Edited by Biswapriya Sanyal (MIT), Plennum Publishing Corporation, New York; “Partnership in Education” Chapter in RebuildingAmerican Cities, Edited by Paul R. Porter and David c. Sweet, Co-authored with Carol Davidow, Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University “Partnership Planning” Chapter in The Partnership Planning: Participants Views of Urban Renewal, Edited by Zane Miller and Thomas H. Jenkins, Co-Authored with Thomas H. Jenkins, Sage Publications, London.