November 15, 2011
A Texas Tech architecture professor was recognized by Lubbock County for his long-time passion for historic preservation.
Lubbock County Commissioners recognized John White on Monday (Nov. 14) for 25 years of service to the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and his passion for preserving the history of Lubbock County and beyond. This follows an October symposium and reception hosted by the College of Architecture in his honor.
“I am very grateful and humbled for the honors given me in the past month highlighting my twenty-five years with the Historic American Buildings Survey,” White said. “This work highlights many aspects of the nation’s heritage of the built environment showing who we are by what we have built.”
Known to students for his exceptional teaching and mentoring, White also has made significant contributions to the completion of important preservation documentation projects, such as the Statue of Liberty and George Washington’s 1776 Sleeping Marquee.
Each summer, White and a group of students have documented historic buildings across the United States and Puerto Rico. He was bestowed with the honorary title, dean of HABS.
“It was a valuable learning experience for the many students involved in the documentation of these sites,” White said. “We learn from our past and employ this knowledge in our present and our future.”
Elizabeth Louden, a professor in the college, has collaborated with White for more than 20 years, and says his contributions are priceless.
“He spent his career mentoring students and teaching them the value of history built by architecture and fostering respect for the history of architecture,” Louden said. “He is kind, cheerful, generous of spirit and full of knowledge.”
CONTACT: Kathy Johnson, development director, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.