The School’s faculty and facilities provide the cornerstones for building an exceptional design culture, for extending research, and for fostering innovation in a professional education. To maintain the highest standard of professional design education the School of Architecture is focusing on four vital priorities listed below: 


In order to ensure the ongoing vitality, relevance, and future-orientation of the professional curriculum, the School must continue to invite prominent practitioners and scholars who specifically and strategically infuse their expertise into the curriculum. Additionally, visiting scholars or professors may lecture on topics within their expertise or teach in a design studio to complement the activities of permanent faculty. See current visiting scholars and critics >


A vibrant and diverse lecture series is a priority in the School of Architecture, in order to continue the tradition of focused dialog and debate on emerging directions in architectural practice both locally and globally. Internationally known visiting lecturers elevate the School’s prestige and create meaningful events for alumni, students, and local practitioners to engage with the School and with each other. An endowed lecture or lecture series demonstrates an enduring commitment to expanding the student academic and professional education and extends the reach of the School.


An endowed chair is the most prestigious honor any educator can earn. Endowed chairs attract, support, and retain eminent teacher-scholars in specialized areas throughout the Institute. The visibility and stature of senior faculty chair holders draws highly talented students, attracts leading junior and senior faulty as colleagues, stimulates innovative research, and helps leverage funding. By naming a chair, donors are permanently linked to excellence in their field.


Income from an endowed professorship will support outstanding faculty, ensuring them the resources to remain at the cutting edge of their fields and to lead teaching and research initiatives in key areas. The funding, used at the discretion of the professor, typically seeds research projects and is used to provide equipment, travel, student research assistants, and administrative support. 

Please consider contributing to any of the School’s priorities listed above; contact Susan Sanders, Director of Development in the College of Architecture, to discuss your philanthropic interests and goals at 404 385 7085 or susan [dot] sanders [at] coa [dot] gatech [dot] edu.