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Erich Connell

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Erich Connell has always had an inherent interest in solving problems; at an early age building dugout forts, redesigning a bicycle, making a behind-the-boat submarine, building a tree house, creating a new font for architectural lettering, or just finding ways to make things better. He is now serving as the Director of the School of Construction + Design. His academic career has always been within the built environment. He has taught architecture, interior design and construction management students in Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Germany and Malaysia. He is an Architect and member of the AIA, a LEED-AP and is certified in Foundations in Design Thinking from IDEO. His research interests include experiential learning, fundamental design, and how Design-Build can be a model of education for Architecture and Construction. He is currently developing a course on “the Jefferson Experience: Mississippi to Virginia”. Loves the music and food and people of Mississippi!

  • PHD - Texas A & M University-College Station (1996)
  • MARCH - University of Texas at Austin (1986)
  • BARCH - City University of New York (1980)
  • BA - Texas A & M University-College Station (1979)

Synthesis Architecture Studio
Architectural Design Process + Theory
Living Green; Sustainable Study Abroad to the Netherlands
Sustainable Construction, Construction Cost Estimating
History of the Built Environment
Threads of Oklahoma Architecture - Traveling Studio

  • IDEO - Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate
  • Mississippi - Architect
  • Building Analyst Professional
  • Certified Green Professional
  • Texas - Architect
  • Safety Assessment Program (SAP)
  • Architect
  • American Institute of Architects
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • German (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Architecture, Design, Design-Build, Naturalistic Inquiry