inspire students to transform their lives
basic creed informs my teaching, says Richard Guy Wilson,
recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award.
A sort of Boy Scouts oath: be prepared, be good, be
accurate, have humor, do not browbeat, and give.
are crucial, you want students to reach further than they would
on their own, but not crash.
creed permeates all that Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural
History in the School
of Architecture, brings to his teaching, scholarship and public
life. A preeminent scholar and preservationist, his passion and
enthusiasm for the role of architecture in American culture is
legendary among his students and peers.
in a lecture, a discussion seminar, or a casual encounter in the
hall, Wilsons concern for his students and his commitment
and passion prompted many of them to support his nomination for
the award. They describe him as inspiring, caring, generous and
is no greater personal joy than when life affords you the opportunity
of meeting someone who stimulates and enhances your existence
and ultimately leads you to believe in your own success,
said Jeffrey S. Driscoll a fourth-year undergraduate student.
For myself, Mr. Wilson was this individual.
support of Wilsons nomination, one alumnus wrote, Richard
Wilson is one of the best teachers Ive ever had for several
reasons, but the most important is that he teaches by example.
His constant stream of work inspires his students to keep
producing, questioning and thinking.
the classroom, his support extends to his scholarship. He regularly
invites students to collaborate with him on exhibitions or publications,
opening the door into the research and publication world. Wilson
has curated numerous museum and gallery exhibitions and has appeared
on the Arts and Entertainment Channel television series, Americas
best teachers touch their students lives and, by their example,
inspire them to transform themselves, said Sara Wilson,
a Ph.D. candidate. Mr. Wilson has done this for generations
of students. I am one of them.