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Joseph L. Mashburn

At a Glance

Class Year: 1982

Award Year: 2002

Degree: Master of Architecture

Profession: Education


Joseph Mashburn '82 (ARCH), served as dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston from 1998 - 2010. He earned a Master of Architecture degree from Texas A&M after completing his bachelor's degree in architecture at the University of Houston. His distinguished career as an architect and professor includes a teaching stint at Texas A&M, where he served as an assistant professor and graduate design coordinator from 1982 to 1988. In 1989 Mashburn moved to Virginia Tech, where he attained full professor status in 1997. He also served as architecture department head at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia from 1993-94. Mashburn was inducted into the University of Houston Architecture Hall of Fame in 1996, and has received several prestigious awards and prizes for his work. A member of the external committee charged with finding a dean for Hines College of Architecture reported that "Mashburn is a poet with drawn line and composition. His intuitive and logical sense of design has given us both beautiful and practical buildings that are at peace with their environments." Mashburn has earned design awards from the ACSA, the Virginia Society AIA, the Texas Society of Architects, the New York Architectural League, and others; and his work has been published internationally. Mashburn was elevated to AIA Fellowship in 2010 and he received the 2012 Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec FAIA from the Texas Society of Architects.