College of Architecture Announces Increase of Professorship to Endowed Chair

A gift from F. Marie Hall from Midland created the first endowed chair in the Texas Tech College of Architecture.

Written by Cory Chandler

The Texas Tech College of Architecture announced Monday a donation that elevates its H. Deane Pierce Professorship to the college’s first endowed chair.

The H. Deane Pierce Chair is made possible by a gift from F. Marie Hall of Midland, who also created the professorship in 2003 in honor of Texas Tech architecture graduate Deane Pierce. It is the first endowed chair for the College of Architecture.

"The increase from professorship to chair has enormous potential for supporting a series of internationally respected professionals who will expose our students to sophisticated architectural design methods," said Andrew Vernooy, dean of the College of Architecture. "These professionals will bring considerable practice experience to the studio."

The endowment pays to transport celebrated architects to Lubbock for weekly studios with students. In the past, it supported as many as three such studios a semester tackling design challenges including performing arts and healthcare facilities.

Hall’s additional contribution will put more resources toward the endeavor and could result in added studios each semester. Potential subjects include sports facilities and high-rise, multiuse buildings.

Hall made the gift in honor of Pierce, an architect and friend who helped Hall remodel her family’s home in Big Spring. The college announced her gift during convocation ceremonies at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion – a structure designed by Pierce.

"Mr. Pierce is revered for his artistic talent and ability to transform a client’s vision into reality," Hall said. "This chair continues the ‘window on the world’ legacy created by the original professorship."

A longtime Lubbock architect and principal with Pierce and Winn Architects, Pierce also has an interior design practice, H. Dean Pierce Associates. The majority of Pierce’s work is in residential design, although public projects include the Texas Tech Merket Alumni Center and the Caprock Winery. His sense of composition and proportion reflects his training in the Beaux Arts tradition of architecture.

The H. Deane Pierce Endowed Professorship has attracted architects from New York, Louisiana, Dallas and San Antonio. The chair is expected to widen the scope.

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CONTACT: Kathy B. Johnson, director of development, College of Architecture, (806) 742-3136, or kathy.johnson@ttu.edu.