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Thomas McKittrick

At a Glance

Class Year: 1991

Award Year: 2005

Degree: Master of Architecture

Profession: Education


Thomas McKittrick '91 (MARCH), professor emeritus at the Texas A&M College of Architecture, practiced 28 years in MRW, the firm he founded in 1963, which specialized in educational facilities. In 1979 he became a Fellow of the AIA. He apprenticed at CRS in Houston. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Rice University in 1957, and taught Professional Practice there before being named as the first mid-career fellow at the department of architecture at Texas A&M in 1989. He received the MArch degree in 1991, and began his academic career as a tenured associate professor and coordinator of the A&M's Master of Architecture program. During the next decade, he became Secretary of the Faculty Senate, and chaired the senate's Committee on Reconciling the Faculty Reward System with the Multiple Missions of Texas A&M. Then he chaired the University Strategic Plan Committee on a Challenging and Rewarding Work Life for Faculty. He received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the graduate students. He was appointed assistant head, and later, interim head of the architecture department and was promoted to professor. As interim department head, McKittrick expanded the faculty and launched preparations for the 2002 National Architectural Accrediting Board visit, and served as advocate, motivator and mentor to faculty members. He also helped organize the Rowlett Lectures and Charette that received an AIA Citation. In 1992 McKittrick received the Llewellyn W. Pitts Award, the Texas Society of Architects highest honor. In 2000, AIA President Ron Skaggs '65 appointed McKittrick to the National Architectural Accrediting Board. At the 2003 NAAB validation conference of NAAB he was instrumental in securing changes to the student performance criteria on behalf of AIA members. McKittrick served as President of AIA Houston, and TSA, and Texas Architectural Foundation. He served as regional director and vice-president of the AIA and regent of the American Architectural Foundation. He presently represents the original partners of CRS on the board of the CRS Center at Texas A&M. In 2008 McKittrick was selected by the AIA Board of Directors to receive the Edward C. Kemper Award, its highest award for service to the profession. McKittrick, who retired in 2002, is currently a full-time husband and grandfather in Houston and is a visiting professor at the University of Houston. Tom passed away in 2013.