From the “narrow skinnies” of Ed Romieniec to the
creative cravats of Rodney Hill, ties have had an historic role
in the College of Architecture. In fact, since the 1970’s,
the college’s Technical Resource Center has maintained
a modest tie library for students to check out. The neckwear
was once mandatory for classroom presentations and job interviews.
To honor this tradition and celebrate the college’s centennial
anniversary, 100 blank white polyester neckties were distributed
to former and current students, faculty, and special friends
of the college to design, adorn, accessorize and otherwise decorate.
The results were displayed at the 2005 former student open house
and sold in a silent auction to raise funds to help place a
grand piano in the Langford Architecture Center atrium.
“This was a fitting tribute to the artistry and creative
energy of our former students,” said Larry Zuber, the college’s
director of advancement officer and organizer of the centennial
For a web gallery of all 100 ties:
Some of the ties designed by former and
current students, faculty, and friends of the college (click
image for gallery of larger images).
Detail of "Kaa" by Natalie Bushman '06
Detail of "Crazy Quilt Detail" by
Mark A. Stewart '74