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Robert Dunay, FAIA

Director, Center for Design Research
ACSA Distinguished Professor, T.A. Carter Professor of Architecture

B.Arch., Virginia Tech
M.Arch., Virginia Tech


Robert Dunay professes the Vitruvian value of architecture as the cross connection of disciplines, championing the integration of the design fields through teaching, research and building. An endowed professor of architecture, the first Director of Industrial Design at Virginia Tech, a member of five landscape architecture accrediting teams, and now the Director of the Center for Design Research, Dunay has offered examples of innovative cross-disciplinary research and practice to enlarge the educational frame.

Dunay served as a primary faculty advisor for the 2002, '05 and '10 Virginia Tech entries in the Solar Decathlon Competition sponsored by the Dept. of Energy. As an extension of this research, lumenHAUS, the most recent project, won the Solar Decathlon-Europe Competition in Madrid, Spain over sixteen international research universities. LumenHAUS received the highest national award for Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects, citied as one of nine of the best works of architecture in 2012.

Dunay has also led exhibitions for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF. 2003, '05, '09, 2011) at the Javits Convention Center in New York, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy and the Cologne Furniture Fair in Germany. Recent awards include being named Most Admired Educator in 2009, '11, '12 and 2013 (one of 25 nationally) by Design Intelligence; the 2011 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor (one of four nationally); the 2011 NCARB Prize for creative collaboration between the academy and the profession; the 2010 Design Research Award from the Virginia Society AIA; an International Design (ID) magazine award for Innovative Concepts; and six awards for Excellence in Architecture from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. Other contributions include testimony before Congress regarding national energy issues, the design and construction of a house for the TV show Extreme Makeover/Home Edition, and service as a juror for the Braun Prize Forum held at the P&G/Braun world headquarters in Kronberg, Germany.