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Dr. Hamid Shirvani

University President

Department: President's Office
Phone: 712-279-5400
Office Location: Noonan Hall 101


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1980
  • M.L.A, Harvard University, 1978
  • M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1977
  • M.Arch, Pratt Institute, 1975
  • B. Arch, Polytechnic of Central London, UK, 1974
  • Honorary Degree: L.H.D., Soka University, Japan, 2003.


About Dr. Shirvani

Dr. Hamid Augustine Shirvani is the 10th president of Briar Cliff University. He has worked in the field of higher education for 36 years, with 27 years spent in senior level executive leadership and management posts.

Prior to Briar Cliff, Dr. Shirvani was a Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. He served as Chancellor of the North Dakota University System and Professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of North Dakota; President of California State University, Stanislaus and Professor of Art and Architecture; Provost and Executive Vice President at Chapman University and Martha Masters Professor of Art and Architecture; Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at Queens College of the City University of New York and Professor of Urban Studies; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Professor of Philosophy; and Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Denver and Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. In addition, he has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Syracuse and the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University, an M.L.A. from Harvard University, an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he is a graduate of the Polytechnic of Central London.

Dr. Shirvani is internationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of architecture and urban design and planning. He has authored three books—Design Review Process (1981), The Urban Design Process (1985), Beyond Public Architecture (1990)—as well as several dozen papers in various refereed and professional journals and several dozen papers presented at national and international conferences. His books have been used as major texts in classrooms throughout the United States and abroad. In particular, The Urban Design Process, which has been translated into four languages, is a major classic on the subject. In addition, Dr. Shirvani served as editor and/or on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education (1988-94); Avant Garde (1988-94); Journal of Planning Education and Research (1987-93); Urban Design and Presentation Quarterly (1987-89); Journal of the American Planning Association (1983-85); UD Review (1982-87); and Art and Architecture (1974-78). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Recipient of a Special Commendation by the American Institute of Architects (2003) for his contributions in the fields of architecture and urban design; Recipient of the Seikyo Culture Award of Japan (1999); Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Soka University of Japan; and he is listed in Who’s Who in the World. He has lectured at 27 international and 48 U.S. universities, several dozen public and private agencies, and numerous professional societies. In 2007 and 2009, Dr. Shirvani was selected as “President of the Year” by the statewide student government body of the 23-campus (430,000 students) California State University system. In 2004, he was awarded the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He also was invested as a Knight in the Order of Malta in 2009. Most recently, Rotary International named him the Paul Harris Fellow for his meritorious public service.

Dr. Shirvani has served on the Board of Directors of Competition Inc. and ICMT, Inc.; member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Presidents Council; Chair of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Presidents/Chancellors’ Group; member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on International Initiatives; member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Committee on Professional Development; member of the Executive committee of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC); Commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; Chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Committee on Economic and Workforce Development; member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP); member of the United Nations Commission for Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace; and a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central California (HECCC), the Governing Board of the Stockton Site Authority, the Executive Committee of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC), the Stanislaus County Children’s Council, the Gallo Center for the Arts, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.