Albuquerque, NM—November 3, 2017—At the 2017 ACSA Administrators Conference, the Board of Directors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) recognized R. Wayne Drummond with a special Distinguished Service Award.
Drummond’s career in architecture spans nearly fifty years. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University in 1968, followed by a fellowship to Rice University for a Master of Architecture degree that produced an award-winning thesis on “Architecture and Urbanism 1984-1968.” This study of social justice and the impact of architecture on environmental conditions started a career-long commitment to understanding how architects and the design of cities can ameliorate suffering and promote social justice.
Drummond began his career in academia at the University of Kansas in 1969 while also working at Kiene and Bradley Partnership Architects. He then taught at Clemson University before moving back to practice at Henningson, Durham and Richardson International from 1977 to 1979. During that time, he was design director for the $1.3 billion dollar Health Sciences Center for the King Abdelaziz University project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Drummond has continued his engagement in the Middle East throughout his career, serving as an educational consultant to King Faisal University in the 1980s, forging relationships with Kuwait University in the early 2000s. His engagement spans the globe, working with faculty and schools in Malaysia, Ecuador, China, Qatar, and many others.
Drummond’s career has been guided by ethical principles that guide the profession’s best: helping the vulnerable; exploring, understanding and affirming cultural difference; sustaining the natural environment; and committing to make technological innovation serve the ends of humanity. His values guide him as an academic leader as well. He served for eight years as department head at Auburn University, from 1979 to 1987, and then for more than 20 years as dean of colleges of architecture around the country: Texas Tech from 1987 to 1990, the University of Florida from 1990 to 1999, and then the University of Nebraska, Lincoln from 2000 to 2011, where he is now dean emeritus.
“During his career in academia, Wayne has helped hundreds of faculty find their way into tenured positions and positions of leadership across the spectrum of architecture schools, while guiding thousands of architecture students through school and into their futures,” said Francisco J. Rodriguez, ACSA president and professor of architecture at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.
Drummond served on the Board of Directors for ACSA including as president in 1998-99. He served on the the National Architectural Accrediting Board, including as president in 2007 and as president of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society from 1994 to 1996.
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