Dean Hunt Receives Highest Honor from Virginia Society AIA

Published on Fri, December 18, 2009

Marywood University's Dean of the Architecture School, Greg Hunt, FAIA, was named the 2009 recipient of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects' (AIA) most prestigious award, the William C. Noland Medal. The Noland Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Society. The award is given to an architect who has established a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, which spans a broad spectrum of the professions and transcends the scope of normal professional activities.

In his nominated statement, Thomas L. Kerns, FAIA, wrote "Our profession is indeed better because of Greg's passion for the profession of architecture. His career has been a steady and determined effort to strive for excellence in educating the next generation of architects... "

Jack Davis, FAIA, Reynolds Metals Professor and Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech said, "Greg Hunt is a like a historic Asian temple's roof structure. His support for the profession has complex horizontal, vertical, and diagonal influence where each layer lies upon the other in a seamless continuum. Each supporting element is hewn from raw talent and nested in an interlocking pattern that ultimately makes the entire structure more sophisticated and sustainable."

Dean Hunt's career spans more than 30 years, as an educator and administrator. He was one of the first faculty members at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Center and played a key role in developing the Center's structure, organization and educational objectives. He also was Dean of Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning where he restructured the undergraduate curriculum, founded study-abroad programs, and implemented new degree concentrations. He has served as VSAIS presidents and countless other leadership roles. He has a library at the Washington VPI Center named in his honor.

Marywood University's new School of Architecture welcomed its first class of 50 students this fall. The School of Architecture at Marywood University focuses on "environmental stewardship," with an emphasis on "green building" principles of design and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation.