BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 11, 2009 – Dennis J. Kilper, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "T.A. Carter Professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1975, Kilper provided strong leadership while serving as co-chairman of his college's Undergraduate Architecture Program and chair of the Graduate Program in Architecture, instituting many significant academic initiatives, including specialized courses in building systems, computer simulations, and technical case study. He also made many contributions to the college's Ph.D. program.
He also advanced to the teaching mission of the Architecture Studio at the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva, Switzerland.
During his career, his work has been recognized with three honor awards and one merit award from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. During his tenure at Virginia Tech, he held the "T.A. Carter Professor of Architecture chair in the School of Architecture + Design.
Kilper received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Doctorate of Design degree from Rice University.