Fall 2023: New Faculty Welcome
August 27, 2023
Help us in welcoming some new faculty to the School of Architecture!
Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice Jessica Hernandez is an accomplished architect and professor with over 14 years of experience in concept design, urban planning, architecture, interior design, education, and user experience design. She has lived and worked in both the US and South America, working on a diverse range of projects, often as a team leader, and always as a team player. Her experience includes large-scale urban development, mixed‐use commercial, residential; and a full range of interior projects most recently focusing on retail.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice Edgar Garcia is an educator, Architect and Designer, fostering an environment of leadership, establishing contexts for learning that allow for promoting social-economic, and environmental transformation through education, design, and technology. His professional experience has been guided by interdisciplinary practices, and the laboratory for most of his work has been the Caribbean Region including Miami, The Bahamas, Mexico, Panama and Colombia.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Keslacy is an architectural historian and design educator whose work deals with postwar and postmodern architecture and urbanism, the museology of design, and the discipline’s intellectual history. Keslacy has taught design and history at the University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and most recently at Miami University of Ohio. She previously has worked in architecture and interior design offices in Los Angeles and Detroit, where she specialized in hospitality and multi-family residential. Keslacy earned an M.Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from the University of Michigan.
Visiting Associate Professor of Practice Bryan Green has been a powerful voice for celebrating the rich and complex history of America’s great spaces for over 25 years. An architectural historian by education and training, today Bryan leverages his expertise as an educator, writer, and practicing preservationist embracing the role of architecture in our nation’s larger story. Seeking a way to connect history with the present, and provide an opportunity for the past to be prologue, Bryan discovered his calling: rehabilitating and restoring old buildings. He began his career at the Virginia Historical Society, worked for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and spent seventeen years at Commonwealth Architects, where he served as a Senior Associate and the firm’s Director of Historic Preservation. Bryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in history and obtained his master’s degree and PH.D. in architectural history at the University of Virginia.
Visiting Associate Professor of Practice David Haney says “After being in Europe for the past twenty-three years, it’s a great pleasure to be back in my own country. It’s also very exciting to be part of such a great university. I look forward to meeting more students and fellow faculty in the coming weeks. In terms of research, my main interest is in the relationship between architecture and landscape. All three of my books have all dealt with this topic in early twentieth century Germany. This has also led me to look closely at the history of ecological and geographic concepts in relationships. My teaching has also dealt with conversations on architecture and landscape, in both design and history courses. Blacksburg is in a really beautiful area, and I look forward to hiking in the nearby hills soon.”