Dean Bork honored with emeritus status
February 14, 2020
Dean Bork, associate professor of landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate 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 1980, Bork’s scholarship focused on watershed sensitive site design through integrated stormwater management design and green infrastructure planning. Throughout his career, he developed a sustained and award-winning record for integrating service learning and applied planning into design and construction community service projects, including construction of accessible recreational and educational facilities, in Virginia and abroad.
Bork’s reputation as leader in design education and curriculum development grew through service to the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board and his funded research, publications, and national presentations on excellence in design studio teaching.
Bork served as department chair in the Department of Landscape Architecture from 2000 through 2007, leading the department's transition into a program and expanding graduate studies in landscape architecture in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.
Under his leadership as department head, the undergraduate program attained top-ranked status in the DesignIntelligence rankings and achieved its highest ever levels of externally funded research.
In the classroom, he has been recognized by his faculty peers and students for excellence in teaching a wide range of design studios, lectures, and seminar courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels across the curriculum.
Bork received his Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University.