Renan Pierre: Mechanical Engineer, Architect, and Involved Alumnus

Alumni PhotoRenan Pierre ’87, ’86CC, a mechanical engineer and architect, can be likened to a support beam in his role with the new University alumni structure, the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA). As chair of the CAA’s Events and Programs Committee, he and his committee are responsible for planning and facilitating alumni involvement in University and CAA events. It was for this involvement in the creation of the CAA as well as for his activities in the Columbia College Alumni Association that he was awarded a University Alumni Medal for 2006. He was honored at Commencement and at a special dinner in November.

Renan received a BA in art history from Columbia College in 1986 and a BS in mechanical engineering from the Engineering School in 1987. After a short career in investment banking, he returned to school and received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard in1995. He worked as a junior designer for ARQ Architects in Maine and at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York before starting a private practice in Manhattan. He and Casey Sherman formed Sherman Pierre Architects in 2000.

The University Alumni Medal Committee cited Renan for the work he has done on behalf of both fellow alumni and current students. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Columbia College Alumni Association, where he is the vice president for alumni of color. In addition, he is a member of the selection committees for the Alexander Hamilton Medal dinner and the John Jay Scholarship dinner. He was especially active in the celebrations for Columbia's 250th anniversary.

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