Dr. Nohad Toulan

Dr. Nohad A. Toulan was Dean Emeritus of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning. He is an internationally recognized urban planner who contributed extensively to the development of major urban and regional plans in the U.S., the Middle East, North and West Africa. Dr. Toulan has been an adviser to the United Nations Development Program and to local and foreign governments on development issues. He was a member of the CRAG committee that drafted the Portland Urban Growth Boundary and has served and chaired numerous task forces for the City of Portland. A native of Egypt, he grew up in Cairo and Alexandria. He received a degree in Architecture from the University of Cairo, a Masters Degree in City Planning from Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 1965 he became the first Planning Director of the Greater Cairo Region and he is the author of many of the concepts that continue to shape policy in that growing region. In 1966 he guided the development of new urban policies for the Cairo Metropolitan area, under UN auspices. In 1972 he came to PSU from New York where he was on the faculty of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University. In 1984/85, while on a 20-month leave of absence from PSU, he directed the preparation of a very comprehensive regional plan for the Holy City of Mecca which presented extraordinary challenges. He has received numerous awards in Oregon and nationally for his leadership and vision as a professional planner. His research and publications cover such areas as city and regional planning, housing, and urban design.

Ms. Dirce Toulan

Dirce Toulan was an architect and planner who received her first degree from the University of Rosario in Argentina. At 27 she was named a Fulbright Scholar and moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania. Following their move to Portland, Dirce became heavily involved at both PSU and the broader Portland community. Her commitment was vital to the growth and development of the College of Urban and Public Affairs and she led the effort to support the College's library, now named the Dirce Moroni Toulan Library, which was listed as one of the seven wonders of Portland State. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, Dirce led the significant fundraising efforts for the PSU Women's Association scholarship funds. She was also an active community leader over the years heading up efforts in the local Neighborhood Associations and Robert Gray's PTA, in addition to her work with Metro in the 1980's. Dirce's great love for Egyptology led her to become very involved with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), where she served as Vice President of the Oregon Chapter. She had established close ties and friendships with several renowned archaeologists in Egypt and loved to regularly visit the digs.