The dean is the leader of the college. In addition to numerous administrative duties, the dean works collaboratively with the college's department heads, research center directors and assistant deans to develop and implement the college's myriad initiatives and realize its goals and vision. The administrative staff in the Office of the Dean supports the dean and the college at large.
Jorge Vanegas, dean of the Texas A&M College of Architecture is a professor of architecture, director of the college's Center for Housing and Urban Development, holder of the college's Sandy and Bryan Mitchell Master Builder Endowed Chair, and an expert in built environment sustainability and advanced project delivery strategies.
He began serving as interim dean of the college July 9, 2008 and was appointed dean by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on July 17, 2009.
A registered architect in Colombia, Vanegas holds a degree in architecture from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Columbia as well as Master of Science and doctorate degrees in construction engineering and management from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in California.
Vanegas' primary areas of expertise include built environment sustainability and advanced strategies, tools, and methods for integrated capital asset delivery. His scholarly focus also includes management, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for the architecture, engineering and construction industry.