Associate dean oversees distance
study abroad, continuing education programs
In a move underscoring the College of Architecture's commitment
to creating and enhancing learning opportunities at home and abroad,
Dean J. Thomas Regan recently appointed architecture professor Guillermo
Vasquez de Velasco to the newly created post of associate dean for
As dean for outreach, Vasquez de Velasco will be responsible
for coordinating the college's study abroad, distance learning
and continuing education programs.
The College of Architecture has always been committed
to the concept that learning should not be boxed into a single
location or period of time, Vasquez de Velasco said. We
are proud of the many unrestricted learning opportunities that
our College can offer to our former, current and future students.
As dean of outreach, Vasquez de Velasco will focus on four distinct
College of Architecture initiatives:
- The enhancement of international programs supporting the
college's "semester away" program requiring undergraduate
students to spend at least one full semester studying abroad
or at another U.S. institution or engaged in a professional
- Developing international teaching and research opportunities
for College of Architecture faculty;
- Creating distance education programs that provide off-campus
college-level instruction, supported by online teaching and
video conferencing; and
- Continuing education programs serving the professions and
industries supported by the college.
Vasquez de Velasco has been an innovator in distance learning
for the past seven years. Since 1998, from Texas A&M University,
he has coordinated the Las Americas Digital Research Network,
a collaborative group of top design institutions from 12 countries
in the western hemisphere. The network focuses on research and
educational activities in architecture, landscape architecture,
urban planning, and construction science.
For the past five years, Vasquez de Velasco has served as coordinator
for the Department of Architecture's master of architecture and
career change programs, which, under his guidance, have grown
substantially while achieving national and international recognition.
A Texas A&M architecture faculty member for the past 10 years,
Vasquez de Velasco specializes in computer-aided architectural
design, virtual architecture and computer-mediated distance education.
He holds a doctorate from Delft University of Technology in The
Netherlands, a master of architecture from the University of Toronto,
as well as professional and bachelor's degrees from Universidad
Ricardo Palma in Peru.
Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco
of Architecture has always been committed to the concept that
learning should not be boxed into a single location or period
Vasquez de Velasco