Terry Beaubois is a registered architect, an educator and Director of the Creative Research Lab in the College of Arts & Architecture at Montana State University. In addition, he teaches classes in the College that include Sustainable Community Planning and Design for art, music, film, and architecture students. His research work includes the application of Virtual Environments technology to areas including: Landscape Planning, Science, and Preservation of Historic Buildings and Towns. Terry has incorporated the 3D immersive computer environment, Second Life into his teaching, since June 2005. He utilizes SL both in-class, as well as remotely (distance learning). As Tab Scott, in Second Life, Terry has developed the application of immersive, virtual, 3D world technology to the teaching/learning of architecture and sustainable community design. His work in Second Life has been featured in Architectural Record, Popular Science, and in a cover story in a July 2007 International print edition and the online edition of Newsweek Magazine.
Prior to moving to Montana, Terry was the head of his own architectural firm and internet company, living in California’s Silicon Valley for 30 years. He has presented at regional, national and international conferences and conventions since 1980. Terry was a featured speaker at the opening of The Future Center of Telecom Italia in Venice in 2000, has spoken at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, as well as numerous times at the The American Institute of Architects national convention. Terry was a speaker and panel member, at the 2007 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 2007 annual conference in San Francisco - “Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being” speaking on the topic “Art, Science, and Virtual Worlds”.
Terry received a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Design, in 1973.