The Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design is made possible by a generous endowment created in honor of Georgia Tech alumnus Tom Ventulett, founding partner of tvsdesign in Atlanta. The intention of the Ventulett Chair is to engage an exceptional practitioner with a record of international leadership and excellence in architecture to teach in the School and to develop significant initiatives to heighten the critical importance of design in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, nationally and internationally.
In May 2018, Debora Mesa, partner with Ensamble Studio, was appointed to the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design. More
Marc Simmons held the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design in the School of Architecture. In this capacity, Simmons, founding partner of international design and façade consulting practice Front, worked to advance the School’s teaching and research in emerging modes of architectural practice and lead collaborative ventures with students and faculty in architecture and related disciplines at Georgia Tech.
A leading advocate for innovative and critical practice, Simmons has produced seminal works in contemporary architecture including most recently:
Monica Ponce de Leon, founder of architecture firm MPdL Studio and current Dean of Princeton University's School of Architecture
Nader Tehrani, founder of architectural firm NADAAA and professor and Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Lars Spuybroek, founder of art and architecture design firm Nox, and currently a professor in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech