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Texas Tech professor named director of MSU School of Architecture

April 19, 2016

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Andrew Vernooy, an award-winning architect and professor of architecture at Texas Tech University, has been named director of the Montana State University School of Architecture. He will assume his duties July 1.

Vernooy has served as a faculty member and administrator at Texas Tech since 2002. Prior to coming Texas Tech, Vernooy held positions at the University of Manitoba and the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master’s degree in design from Harvard University, both a master’s in engineering and architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s in engineering from Princeton University.

Vernooy has broad and varied administrative, teaching and professional experience. He has earned a number of awards and recognitions for both his teaching and practice, including the Texas Society of Architects Edward J. Romieniec, FAIA Award for lifetime contributions to architectural education. He was a founding partner of the Austin, Texas-based Black+Vernooy Architecture and Urban Design.  

“Professor Vernooy will bring considerable background and experience to the position of director,” said William Shields, interim dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. “The members of the search committee were extremely positive in their belief that he possesses the qualities and vision to lead the School of Architecture to additional levels of excellence going forward.”

Vernooy said he was attracted to MSU’s College of Arts and Architecture by the university’s national reputation for engagement and service learning.

“When I visited, I was impressed with the motivation and accomplishments of the faculty and I was excited to have an opportunity to work with them,” Vernooy said. “I believe in architecture's civic responsibility and the importance of building pathways to the profession from high school to graduate education beyond the first professional degree.”

Vernooy said that he believes that, “architecture, like medicine and law, is a discipline with distinct community-based responsibilities…It is an honor to be part of the College of Art and Architecture.”

The MSU School of Architecture offers a five-and-a-half year professional program leading to a Master of Architecture degree, fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The program has 400 undergraduate and 80 graduate students.

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William Shields (406) 994-4405, caa@montana.edu