Philip Bess, a professor of architecture at Andrews University and a design consultant for the Chicago firm Thursday Architects, has been appointed director of graduate studies for the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, effective in August.p. A nationally recognized expert on town planning and neighborhood baseball park design, Bess has worked on projects as diverse as town and neighborhood master planning, code and ordinance writing, and parking and traffic analysis. He has served for the past decade as a professor of architecture and curriculum coordinator in the Division of Architecture at Andrews University and has served as a visiting professor at the Universities of Michigan, Illinois and Miami (Ohio).p. Bess served in 1987-88 as director and principal designer of the Urban Baseball Park Design Project of the Society for American Baseball Research, and has written extensively on issues of architecture and urban design. Formerly a contributing editor to Inland Architect magazine, he is the author of two books, “City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense About Cities and Baseball Parks” and “Inland Architecture: Subterranean Essays on Moral Order and Formal Order in Chicago.” He holds master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard Divinity School.p. Bess succeeds Norman Crowe, professor of architecture and director of the school’s graduate studies program since its inception in 1987, who will step down to focus on teaching, research and writing projects.