Mark E. Humphreys
Texas Tech College authorities introduced today (Sept. 25) a $1.5 million gift towards the College of Architecture from Mark E. Humphreys. The present will establish the objective E. Humphreys AIA Chair in Urban Design to permanently support a college position which individual’s research.
“The generosity of college buddies like Mr. Humphreys allows Texas Tech College to carry on raising its standard training and research, ” Texas Tech Leader M. Duane Nellis stated. “Investments within our schools and our research are opportunities later on in our students. The outcome of the gift will greatly benefit individuals who walk-through the doorways in our architecture program.”
Part of the American Institute of Designers (AIA), Humphreys is founder and Boss of Humphreys &lifier Partners Designers. Based in Dallas, the worldwide firm is an expert in multifamily architectural services and produced The Huge Home design for multifamily flats.
A 1978 graduate from the Texas Tech College of Architecture, Humphreys includes a lengthy good reputation for supporting the school, prospecting in the college’s annual career fair and becoming a guest lecturer. He formerly established a scholarship endowment at Texas Tech within the title of Humphreys &lifier Partners Designers.
“I am honored and humbled to get such respected accolades within my profession. I'm such venerated company and that i anticipate seeing the scholars at Texas Tech’s College of Architecture take advantage of the assets the Mark E. Humphreys AIA Chair in Urban Design will afford them, ” Humphreys stated. “As students, I attended a metropolitan architecture design class. At that time, the classes were not a curriculum favorite it had been a distinctive experience and i'm happy to lead to this type of cutting-edge program. Humphreys &lifier Partners will not have been successful with no Texas Tech architecture program.”
The urban design program at Texas Tech concentrates on stimulating cities to produce more and more people-friendly conditions and encourage economic development. Faculty and students in urban design would be best recognized for their participation in Urban Tech, a course that shows architecture students to assist local government authorities and social organizations redesign municipal areas through laboratory encounters and public displays. Through its community outreach, this program developed plans this past year for that High Cotton Center, a center for Lubbock’s destitute population.
The endowed chair supports teaching and research at any given time when Texas Tech is building on its status like a national research college. Contributing to the gift’s potential impact, $a million from the gift is qualified for condition matching funds with the Texas Research Incentive Program.
“Gifts such as these possess a major effect on the educational status of the college, ” stated Andrew Vernooy, dean from the College of Architecture. “Endowed chairs enable us to recruit and retain world-class faculty, and as a result, this improves the class experience helping bring top students to the college.”
This is actually the second endowed chair to become produced within the College of Architecture.
Humphreys also contributed additional funds to produce a graduate fellowship within the title of Dudley Thompson, an old interim dean from the College of Architecture. The fellowship’s first recipient is Ivan Garcia, a graduate student from El Paso.