Jaan Holt, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech and director of the university’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, National Capital Region, has been named the Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professorship was established by the Lathrops to recognize an architecture professor who demonstrates excellence in the field.

Since 1972, Holt has served as a teacher and administrator in the School of Architecture + Design. From 1976 to 1982, he served as the chairman of the Department of Architecture.

He has taught primarily in the professional program and since 1984 he has served as director of the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. In this role, he has coordinated more than 15 consortia schools of architecture to form dynamic global configurations that create a collaborative, intercollegiate academic environment for Virginia Tech students and consortia members.

Holt has been principal administrator of more than $600,000 in sponsored projects and outreach related activities. Many of these projects involve government and military contracts in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He managed competitions for the Women in Military Service for America National Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, which is presently under construction.

In recognition of his many contributions, Holt received the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Outreach Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, a special award from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and an Allied Professional Award from the Northern Virginia Chapter of the AIA.

Holt received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Virginia Tech and his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.