SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 13, 2018 — In a field that is evolving rapidly with the promise of new technology and the demands of a changing society, architecture professionals know it is more important than ever that professional schools prepare students for success.
As a testament to Drury University’s ability to meet these needs, Dr. Robert Weddle, dean of the Hammons School of Architecture, was recently named one of DesignIntelligence’s Top 25 Most Admired Educators in Architecture.
DesignIntelligence (DI) is an independent organization that promotes leadership and research in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, and design. Each year, DI surveys thousands of industry professionals to develop and publish rankings for the top architecture schools and educators in North America. Weddle is in prestigious company on this year’s list, which includes faculty from high-ranking architecture schools such as Rice University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University.
Weddle earned his M.Arch from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D from Cornell University’s History of Architecture and Urbanism program. At Drury, he teaches a broad range of courses and regularly co-leads study-abroad programs, drawing upon his six years of experience living and teaching in France. His current research focuses on the formation of French urban design professionals in the mid-twentieth century, as well as on responses to large-scale urban renovation efforts in Paris during the same period. As dean, he has worked to ensure that Drury architecture graduates are equipped with not only professional and technical skills, but also the critical thinking, communication, and creative skills they will need to be successful in their career and life.
“I’m honored to have been recognized in this way and have been so lucky to have taught in a place where students and graduates form such strong and lasting connections with faculty,” Weddle says.
“This is a recognition of how powerful Drury’s culture is, and I’m grateful to have been a part of that.”
About the Hammons School of Architecture
Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture offers students a unique setting: a small liberal arts university committed to preparing students to think outside the limits of their particular discipline. Minors and double-majors are common and encouraged. Students have close one-on-one working relationships with faculty, which leads to long-term and meaningful professional and personal mentorship.
In addition, the Drury Architecture curriculum extends beyond the design studio to required study abroad experiences, direct community engagement, and internships in architecture or related fields. These hands-on, real-world experiences expose students to possible future professional settings, and to the kinds of collaborative leadership needed to excel in a changing world.