Architect, professor leaving
helped build vision for Universitys architecture
by Andrew Shurtleff
Andersons happiest memories as U.Va. architect center
around the renovation and construction project at Scott Stadium.
By Matt Kelly
architect Pete Anderson, the Universitys buildings are like
the books in a library, each well read and representative of its
one recalls the time when it was written and published,
he said. These 500 buildings are a collection, each building
reflecting not only the period of its creation but also the history
of its usage at that time.
some advocate that the University should have only traditional
Jeffersonian buildings, Anderson sees the books as
reflecting an evolutionary process.
gives you a sense of the University as a continuum as opposed
to a something that exists only here and of this moment,
Its all about what a university is. Its one
of those things that promotes discourse.
whose given name is Samuel A. Anderson III, is retiring this month
at age 69 after eight years as the Universitys architect.
During that time, he said he has guided the design of almost $1
billion in construction and helped shape the master plan that
will chart the architectural path of the University for the next
master plan was the most important, he said of the projects
on which he worked.
stressed principles, not specifics, and was crafted around principles
that we thought would endure beyond the specifics of five years
to the big principles that would guide the growth of the University
over the next 50 years, he said. We talked about a
pedestrian environment and carrying forward Jeffersons great
ideas, inherent in the Lawn, with students living cheek-by-jowl
with faculty and the classrooms and the recreation space all tightly
interwoven, and extending that idea, if we could, over the whole
T. Casteen III praised Andersons accomplishments.
Pete Anderson has brought to the University a brilliant
coherence, adroit diplomacy and a perfect aesthetic sense of the
business of architecture and architectural planning.
Sheehy, vice president
for management and budget, said Anderson is a consummate professional
with a great love of the institution.
credit Pete with the notion of reconnecting the North Grounds
with the rest of the University, she said. She also noted
his concern for how buildings are placed in the environment and
including outdoor places to socialize.
stepped into the newly created post in 1995 after 25 years as
a partner in Glave Newman Anderson and Associates Inc. in Richmond.
He felt he had accomplished all he had set out to do in private
practice, designing free standing buildings on individual sites
for unrelated clients and rehabilitating houses. At U.Va., he
has worked on the total environment, making his legacy more intangible.
The project he has the happiest memories of is the renovation
and expansion of Scott Stadium, working with the athletics staff
and local architectural firm VMDO, which he credited for some
of the best aspects of the effort.
want a project to get better as you go along, and this did that,
he said. There was good chemistry all the way through, and
good chemistry makes all the difference.
said the stadium was designed so features could be added as more
money was raised for the project.
time with the University has been book-ended by New Cabell Hall.
It was being built when he came as student, and as he is leaving
it has been slated for demolition, to be replaced with another
structure as part of the South Lawn project. The Lawn was a key
element of Andersons school days in the 50s; he attended
classes in the pavilions, and the Universitys administrative
offices were in the Rotunda.
were constantly in and out of the Rotunda, he said. It
was both a great piece of architecture and a day-to-day part of
your life. It was special because it wasnt special. It was
special because it was the way it was.
didnt fully appreciate its architectural implications at
the time. Anderson, reared in Richmond, came to architecture after
considering several other careers, including medicine, law, history
and foreign service. He graduated from U.Va. in 1955 with a bachelors
degree in history and joined the Navy.
at sea, he realized that from an early age he had been interested
in building. After leaving the service, he got an architectural
degree at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually set up
practice in Richmond.
Anderson gets withdrawal pains when he thinks about pending projects,
such as the new master plan for the Health System, the studio
arts precinct and the recently announced performing arts center.
think, How can they do it without me? Then I realize
after these three projects get through, theres going to
be three more and at some point somebodys going to have
to do these things. Why not start now?
will start his retirement with a trip to France then will settle
into his familys summer home in Norfolk, Conn. He plans
to build a shed in which to build a sailboat and take the sailboat
around a small lake near the property.
best gift I can give to my successor is to be in Connecticut and
stay there, Anderson said.
Smith makes his mark as Dardens
by Tom Cogill
Ray Smith has remained friends with many of his students after
they have graduated.
By Sophia Coudenhove
C. Ray Smith first came to teach at the Darden
School, he was 26 years old and thought he would stay no more
than a year.
years later, he has held almost every important administrative
post there, served three times as interim dean, built executive
education programs, led the Darden School Foundation and taught
hundreds of classes. When he retires in August, he will have been
at Darden longer than any other faculty member.
April, at a reunion weekend, nearly 1,000 people attended his
farewell party. At the celebratory pig roast, Donald Wilkinson,
chairman of the Darden trustees, dedicated C. Ray Smith Alumni
Hall to him and unveiled a portrait to hang within its walls.
Wilkinson also announced the establishment of the C. Ray Smith
Fund for Academic and Professional Excellence, of which $4.2 million
has already been raised. The eventual goal is $25 million.
ask Smith what hes most proud of, and he blushes, looks
toward the courtyard from his office window and pauses for a long
nothing individually that Im proud of, he said. But
as an institution weve tried to look to the future and to
change but also to recognize our core values. The
proudest thing is that Ive been able to be a part of that.
who have worked closely with him say those core values (not to
mention modesty) are a fundamental part of how Smith lives and
works. University President John T. Casteen III has called him
Dardens institutional soul, praising his kind,
devoted and big-hearted spirit.
everything the school stands for, said William H. Goodwin
Jr., a former student now on U.Va.s Board of Visitors.
and extremely approachable, Smith has long been the link between
students, faculty and the administration, and he has remained
friends with many of his students after their graduation. Goodwin
remembers socializing with Smith and his wife, Phyllis, on weekends.
That was back when Goodwin called Smith Sir, though
Smith was younger than many of his students. While this is no
longer the case, Smith still adores the company of those he teaches.
youre not having a good day, you can always talk to some
students and you feel better, said Smith, the Tipton R.
Snavely Professor of Business Administration.
Smith never planned to make a career of teaching. Born in Bassett,
in southern Virginia, he came to Darden in 1956 as a student.
came over, brought my application and they accepted me. Right
graduated with the schools second MBA class, then went on
to serve in the Army in Kentucky, where he also started teaching
personnel. He returned to Darden to help former accounting professor
Almand Coleman, who was writing a book.
year later, just as Smith was preparing to leave, he started drafting
the first Chartered Financial Analyst exam, which today is administered
to more than 100,000 people all over the world.
that, Smith decided to teach full time. By 1971, he was a full
professor, and that year he was named associate dean.
didnt think Id end up here so long, he said.
Over the years he considered business offers elsewhere but turned
them all down to stay at Darden.
been the best of both worlds, he said. Ive been
a practitioner and an administrator, and over the past 20 years
pretty active as a consultant. So Ive always had that connection
to the real world.
things that have given Smith (and the University) that connection
to the real world are the executive education program, which Smith
co-developed in 1968, and custom programs, where courses are geared
to an organizations specific needs.
more practical than I am academic, he said. Im
not sure I would ever have been completely satisfied just doing
the teaching. I like some action.
has overseen the expansion of parts of the Grounds, and the hard
hat that sits on his bookshelf is a testament to how many different
things he does. He accomplishes so much simply by working very
up is 90 percent of the job, he said. I graduated
from high school, and Id never missed a day of school. Im
not as smart as lots of other people, so I have to work hard.
I put in a lot of hours.
would argue that his achievements have been the result of combining
hard work with exceptional intelligence.
got a mind like a steel trap, said Charlottesville businessman
Troost Parker, another former student. Hes a lovely
guy, but he has a mind thats absolutely phenomenal.
other secret tool has been his wife, Phyllis, who has also been
close to Smiths friends and colleagues at Darden. Theyve
just been a real team over the years, Goodwin said, and
you admire that.