Hans Rott honored with emeritus status
July 19, 2019
Hans Rott, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1977, Rott made exemplary teaching contributions to the education of architects during his four decades in the professional undergraduate and graduate programs. He developed a design studio teaching model based on the complementarity of the sensible and intelligible realms of architecture.
Rott led numerous study abroad and residency programs and led the first semester-long program in Basel, Switzerland. He also played an instrumental role in the establishment of the college’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in Northern Virginia and he established the Center for History and Theory of Architecture to foster the intellectual capacities of students.
In addition, Rott led one of the first major design-build efforts with architecture students at the Pelican Point Yacht Club at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. He also led multiple student groups who offered architectural design assistance in rebuilding efforts following an earthquake in Haiti.
Rott was a guest critic, presenter, panelist, exhibitor, and lecturer in China at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Shangdong Jianzhu University and at the University of Saint Joseph (Macao). At Virginia Tech, he served as chair of the graduate programs in the School of Architecture + Design.
He received his bachelor of architecture degree from Rice University and his master of architecture degree from Virginia Tech.