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Texas Tech College School of Structure appoints new dean

After 21 years at Texas Tech College’s School of Structureone 12 months as interim dean and 20 as a professor–Urs Peter “Upe” Flueckiger has been appointed as the brand new dean, the Lubbock-based college introduced as we speak.

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as the subsequent dean of the School of Structure at Texas Tech… I’m excited to proceed collaborating with school, workers and alumni to construct a vibrant instructional atmosphere the place all of us can thrive and attain new tutorial {and professional} heights,” stated Flueckiger in a press announcement. 

Flueckiger first arrived at Texas Tech, in 1998 as a lecturer. All through his time, he has taught 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, been inducted into the Texas Tech College Instructing Academy, and served as chair of the School of Structure. His instructing accolades embody the Texas Tech Alumni Affiliation New School Award, the Professing Excellence Award, and the President’s Excellence in Instructing Award.  

“Upe brings a superb data of the Texas Tech School of Structure to this position,” stated Provost and Senior Vice President Ron Hendrick.

Exterior of instructing, Flueckiger has labored professionally in Europe and North America. The Switzerland native holds a Swiss Federal Certificates of Development Design and is registered as a member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects; he additionally accomplished his M. Arch at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Flueckiger has labored for a number of architectural corporations in america and overseas, together with the workplace of Mario Botta in Lugano, Switzerland, and the workplace of David Rockwell in New York Metropolis. 

A lot of Flueckiger’s skilled apply and analysis pursuits give attention to modular and small housing, economical and ecological housing, architectural minimalism, and modernism within the twentieth century to the current. His work, together with his own residence and studio, has been featured in Texas Architect Journal and The New York Occasions, which famous the “startlingly low value” of his private abode.  

In 2010, Flueckiger and a undertaking crew comprising primarily Texas Tech college students accomplished the “Sustainable Cabin,” changing a discarded double-wide cellular dwelling into an experimental analysis station in an off-the-grid web site on the American Excessive Planes. Within the undertaking, Flueckiger and his college students drew on prior examples, together with Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond close to Harmony, Massachusetts, and Le Corbusier’s “Cabanon” Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in France–each examples additionally examined in his 2016 guide, How A lot Home? Thoreau, Le Corbusier, and the Sustainable Cabin.

Flueckiger will start his new position on July 1, 2022. “I stay up for main the school to the subsequent degree and actualizing a extra ecologically constructed atmosphere utilizing progressive applied sciences whereas instructing college students easy methods to assume critically and creatively,” Flueckiger stated.


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