V. Hunter Pittman, associate professor of architecture, has been appointed interim director of the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. His appointment is effective June 16. He succeeds Henri de Hahn, who is stepping down to focus on teaching and research.

“With more than 20 years in the School of Architecture + Design, Hunter is well equipped to take on the role as its director,” said Jack Davis, Reynolds Metals Professor of Architecture and dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. “His deep knowledge of graduate and undergraduate education in design are a tremendous asset to our four internationally recognized programs.”

Pittman has been a faculty member at Virginia Tech since 1995. He has taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture both in design studios and in building and environmental systems courses during his tenure. His research interests lie at the intersection of architectural design and practice, and their resulting physical assembly, and have included work with faculty colleagues and students in design/build studios and projects.

Currently chair of the school’s graduate programs in architecture, Pittman also served as chair of the professional program of the bachelor of architecture degree from 2001 to 2007.

He received the college’s 2014 Certificate for Excellence in Teaching and the 2014 J. Stoeckel Design Lab Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Architecture + Design. In addition, he has received the University Teaching Excellence Award and four other college and school awards for teaching and professional excellence.

Pittman earned his master of architecture and bachelor of architecture from Virginia Tech. He is a registered architect in Virginia and has worked for architectural firms in North Carolina and Virginia.