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Professor Geoff Gjertson Honored with Leadership Service Award

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation honored five faculty members Thursday who were selected by their colleagues as exemplary educators.

Geoff Gjertson, a professor of in the School of Architecture and Design, is the recipient of the first Leadership Service Award. The new award recognizes a faculty member who is committed to combining service learning with classroom instruction to provide students with skills and knowledge that help them become community leaders.

Gjertson coordinates the Building Institute in the School of Architecture and Design, which has completed numerous projects in which students work with the community to design and build a multitude of different projects.

"Gjertson has helped develop student-led coalitions of public, industry private, and University partners in the design and construction of community buildings.

“Under his mentorship, students receive experience working with the community and getting real-world experience in designing and building projects,” said Tom Sammons, director of the School of Architecture and Design.

One example is the Camellia Boulevard Gridshell Pavilion, a dome-shaped, open-air structure students designed and built with input from engineers and contractors and students at other universities, including Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

The pavilion consists of a framework of crisscrossed oak slats topped with white aluminum panels. The “grid” of wood is affixed to low concrete walls that rim a concrete floor.

It stands on green space near Mount Vernon Drive, the first feature at an art park."

For more information about the Building Institute, visit the Building Institute webpage and the Building Institute Facebook page.

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Read about other award winning faculty here.