United States Postal Service Awards Texas Tech Instructor
April 23, 2007
Architecture professor receives national recognition.
Written by: Ben Samples
Jesse Vogler, an instructor for Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture, has
received the United States Postal Service Rita Lloyd Moroney Award.
The award is reserved for scholarship on any topic involving the history of the U.S.
postal system from the colonial era to the present — including the history of the
colonial postal system that preceded the establishment of the U.S. postal system in
1775. The awards include a senior prize ($2,000) for work published by faculty members,
independent scholars, public historians, and other non-degree candidates and a junior
prize ($1,000) for work written or published by undergraduates or graduate students.
Vogler’s paper, "‘Correct and Perfect’: Post Office Design Guidelines and the Standardization
of the National Postal Landscape," analyzes individual campaigns to standardize post
office architecture and the resulting tensions between the desire for a unified post
office structure and maintaining local architectural traditions. Vogler, who authored
the article in 2004 while attending the University of California at Berkley, received
the junior prize for his work.
"It’s a great honor to be recognized by the USPS," Vogler said. "The intersection
of postal space and public space is a great lens to view a topic with significant
relevance to contemporary research and design of an accessible and inclusive public
The awards honor Rita Lloyd Moroney, who began conducting historical research for
the Postmaster General in 1962 and then served as Historian of the U.S. Postal Service
from 1973 to 1991. The awards are designed to encourage scholarship on the history
of the U.S. postal system and cultivate awareness of the system’s effects on American