Va. Tech Bestows Excellence in Teaching Award
Lisa Tucker, AIA, has received the Virginia Tech 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. An associate professor in the School of Architecture + Design in the university’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Tucker receives $2,000 and is inducted into the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence.
At the university since 2007, Tucker received the award in recognition of her dedication to teaching and service to the school and profession. She has served as a graduate thesis advisor and undergraduate capstone project advisor for dozens of interior design students. Since 2009, more than 20 of her students have received awards in national and international design competitions.
Tucker’s teaching evaluations are always among the highest in the school. “Her range as a teacher and a scholar allows her to expertly cover knowledge of highly technical subjects related to the interior design profession, such as building technology and sustainability,” says William Galloway, associate professor and director of the school.
As one student commends: “I think her ability to relate to me as a student, designer, and just as a person has really built up my confidence and strengthened my dedication to this program. Under Dr. Tucker’s leadership, I feel really respected and cared for as a student and not judged.”
Created in 1982 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to two Virginia Tech faculty members each year. Recipients are selected by the university’s Academy of Teaching Excellence from among those faculty members who have received Certificates of Teaching Excellence from their respective colleges in the preceding three years.
While maintaining a high teaching load, Tucker also chairs the Interior Design Program, serving as the primary academic advisor for all of the program’s students. She is also active in national academic and professional organizations, serving as the current president of the Interior Design Educators Council.
Her numerous teaching awards include the New Faculty Teaching Award from the school in 2008, the Teaching Excellence Award from the college in 2009, and a Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2011. In 2010, Tucker was named by the Design Futures Council as one of the most admired and respected educators in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and interior design in the U.S. and Canada.
Virginia Tech’s Interior Design Program consistently ranks in the top 10 in the nation.
Tucker earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, as well as a certificate of historic preservation, from the University of Virginia and her PhD from the University of Missouri.
Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is composed of four schools: the School of Architecture + Design, including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture; the School of Public and International Affairs, including urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy and government and international affairs; the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, which includes building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and construction engineering management in the College of Engineering; and the School of the Visual Arts, including programs in studio art, visual communication and art history.