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Endowments at UVA

Harry W. Porter, Jr., Visiting Professorship


The Harry W. Porter, Jr., Visiting Professorship was created with a gift from an anonymous donor and additional support from more than 200 alumni and friends of the School of Architecture. The professorship honors Mr. Porter as an outstanding leader and teacher. Joining the faculty in 1969, he established the landscape architecture degree program and became the School of Architecture's eighth dean. He was later appointed the first Architect for the University. In recognition of Mr. Porter's leadership throughout the school, the professorship for visiting scholars will rotate annually among the programs in architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, and urban and environmental planning.

In 2016-17, the School of Architecture welcomed Liz Ogbu as the Harry W. Porter, Jr., Visiting Professor. Ms. Ogbu presented the lecture, “Embracing Complexity: Social Impact Design in a Divided Time,” on February 27, 2017 at Campbell Hall, School of Architecture.

Ms. Ogbu is a designer, urbanist, and social innovator. She graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in architecture before graduating from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design with a master of architecture. She currently runs a multidisciplinary consulting practice, teaches at the California College of the Arts, and is on faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Ms. Ogbu's practice works with nonprofits, municipalities, and companies to tackle wicked social problems through creative transformations of places, systems, and communities. During “Embracing Complexity: Social Impact Design in a Divided Time,” Ms. Ogbu shared some of her work and her thoughts about how we might embrace the complexity of the time we are in now to increase the criticality and impact of design within our communities.

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