A celebrated educator and practicing architect, Millar had been at the helm of his firm, Norman Millar Architects since 1985, focusing on contemporary residential designs.
Millar was named Dean of Woodbury’s School of Architecture in 1999; he ushered in that university’s recent boom in enrollment, accolades, and expansion. Under Millar’s leadership, Woodbury’s Architecture School’s enrollment nearly tripled, adding large proportions of minority students and first-generation college attendees to its rosters. In 2008, for these efforts, Woodbury was recognized with a special citation from Excelencia in Education, an organization that touts institutions that promote the achievement of Latino students nationwide.
Before his appointment at Woodbury, Millar had also taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Southern California, Pasadena Art Center, and the University of California Los Angeles. He was also heavily involved in civic, professional, and community-focused endeavors, holding seats on various advisory boards, including the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA. He was also currently serving as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
As an active practitioner and academic, Millar’s professional interests spanned the gamut of architectural discipline, but dwelt primarily on the issues of critical practice, alternative practice, urban forestry, and everyday urbanism. A published essayist, Millard’s writing on the plight of Los Angeles street vendors was included in Everyday Urbanism, edited by Margaret Crawford, John Chase, and John Kaliski and published by Monacelli Press of New York in 1999.