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W. Geoff Gjertson

School of Architecture and Design

Office: Fletcher Hall, Room 124
Phone: 337.482.5175

W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA, is an architect and Professor of Architecture. He is the co-director of the Building Institute, a “hands-on” design/build program which serves the community by building market-rate, sustainably-designed homes as well as other community projects in urban neighborhoods. Several houses so far have followed in the footsteps of the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home, an award-winning 2009 Solar Decathlon house. Gjertson's book on the BeauSoleil Home, GENERATING HOPE, will be published at the end of 2014.

His private practice work such as the Golden Residence and previous work with Holly and Smith Architects such as the Columbia Theatre, Rolling Residence and the SLU Classroom Building have won several state and regional awards. 

Gjertson's work has been published in professional and academic journals such as Architectural Record, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Interior Design, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture proceedings.

Publications and Recent Research:

  • Thinking While Doing: Connecting Insight to Innovations in the Construction Sector. Canadian Partnership Grant, shortlists, number 8 or 100, awarded $20,000.  Entire Grant: $2.2 million.
  • Solar Decathlon 2009.  BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar House Proposal.  Sponsored by the Dept. of Energy.  PI: Gjertson, Co-PI: Powell, Smith, Burkett. Awarded: $100,000.00. Jan. 2008.
  • 2010: Dr. Ray P. Authement Excellence in Teaching Award-One of two in university awarded.
  • Popular Mechanics Magazine.  Selected as one of 14 Best New Technologies for Greener Homes. Awarded April 2010.