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Endowments at UVA

Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professorship in Architecture


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professorship in Architecture is funded by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and maintains Monticello. Committed to fostering Mr. Jefferson's ideals of liberty and their preservation through public education, the foundation also supports a lectureship, graduate fellowships and internships across the disciplines of history, architecture and government and foreign affairs. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professorship in Architecture supports a highly regarded visiting faculty member each year who brings unique skills and perspectives to teaching a course at the school. The Board of Visitors established the professorship in 1965.

In 2015-16, the Board of Visitors elected Adam Yarinksy (BSArch ’84), FAIA LEED AP, as the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of Architecture.

Yarinsky received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from UVA in 1984, and his master’s degree in architecture from Princeton in 1987. In 1993, Yarinksy founded his own firm Architectural Research Office (ARO,, now considered one of the leading firms in the United States. Four recent projects demonstrate how ARO engages, through design, the complex ecology of relationships that comprise the cultural context in which their work is situated. During the spring of 2016, Yarinsky co-taught the graduate Foundation Studio ARCH 7020 which focused on a large scale urban project currently facing social and ecological threats, specifically in Hampton Roads, VA and the Chesapeake Bay.

Yarinsky has served as the Eliel Saarinen Professor and as the Sanders Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan, and as the Shure Professor at the University of Virginia. He also taught at Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Syracuse University, Parsons/The New School and Washington University in St. Louis. Yarinsky has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad. Recent articles by Mr. Yarinsky have appeared in “A U,” “306090,” “Dimensions,” and “Places Journal,” where he is a board member.

History of Past Recipients and Projects