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Professor, School of Architecture

Professor Emeritus



Joining the University of Detroit in 1964 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972 and earned the rank of full Professor in 1977.  From 1972-1975 Professor Tucker left the university to serve as Architecture Department Head, Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills Michigan.  Prior to joining U. of D. he held teaching positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida.  He holds professional licensing in the State of Michigan, State of Florida, and State of New Jersey.  He also held National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification.

Professor Tucker earned a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University Raleigh North Carolina during which time he received the Alpha Rho Chi Award and the N.C. AIA Book Award.  He furthered his education by taking advanced indeterminate structures at the University of Florida, graduate courses in urban planning, history of city planning, and municipal administration at Wayne State University Detroit Michigan, pre-doctoral program in architecture and public affairs which included systems engineering, sociology and urban planning, modernization and sociology, and architectural theory from Princeton University.

His research areas included Structures: Membranes, Soap Film, Topology; Housing: Multifamily Apartments: size comparisons and site standards; and Urban Planning: economics and determinants of urban form. He taught Design at all levels (1st year to 5th year), Structures, Architect as Developer, and Principles of Structural Behavior.

Professor Tucker actively participated in university work outside of the classroom.  He served on the University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research Selection Committee multiple times, University Faculty Senate, Insignis Selection Committee, was Student Chapter AIA Advisor, chairman of the School of Architecture Faculty Council, member of the School’s Executive Committee, chairman of the Admissions Committee for the School, member of the School's Library Committee, and served as a juror for student projects and thesis. 

In Stephen Vogel, Dean, School of Architecture nomination letter he wrote, Professor Tucker “has had the longest tenure of any faculty in the School’s history.  His impact on the School has been significant: his rigorous insistence on quality; his passion for architecture; his willingness to serve the School in whatever capacity; and his clear statements of architectural principals that helped generate the curriculum we have today.  Hundreds of alumni owe their skill and passion to Professor Tucker.”

In a nomination support letter, the former Dean of the School, Bruno Leon wrote “In all my years at the University, Professor Tucker was the finest design teacher on the faculty.  He had a perceptive insight as an architectural critic, manifested a clear set of principles devoid of transitory fashion, and insisted upon quality performance from his students.” 

Professor Tucker was presented with the Professor Emeritus honor at the April 13, 2004 Convocation by Sr. Maureen A. Fay, O.P., President, University of Detroit Mercy.

University of Detroit Mercy

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