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Professor of Architectural and Industrial Design
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  • Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech
  • B.S., Wake Forest University

Licensed Architect (R.A.) in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Areas of Expertise

Tate's areas of expertise include architecture, design studio, history and theory of modern architecture, architectural representation, landscape architecture and urban design.

Previous Experience

Tate has been an architect in the past with Legorreta Arquitectos, Robert Collins Architects and Odell Associates. Tate's current architectural practice is DeNada Architects in Staunton, Va. He has worked with firms in Charlottesville and Williamsburg and has taught architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Professional Affiliations

Tate is a member of the Austrian Association for American Studies and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Honors and Awards

Tate has received a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, a summer research grant from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and honorable mention for the Pershing Square International Design Competition.


Tate's research has included numerous papers on design pedagogy, architecture, interior architecture, urban design, the practice of design, and culture and meaning. He has participated in many architectural design competitions. He currently is in the process of writing “The Architecture of 1001 Nights,” a journal about working with Ricardo Legorreta.


University Service
Tate is a member of the Faculty Assistance Committee, the Galleries Committee, the Performing Arts Center Committee, the Harrisonburg Gateways Committee, and the Homepage Committee. He also is involved with the Paris Studies Abroad Program and was in charge of the Mexican Exchange Program at University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Public Service
Tate is involved with Habitat For Humanity, ShenanArts Theatre and the Booker T. Washington Center. He is also very active with the Trinity Episcopal Church by serving on the Outreach and Spiritual Life Committee and the Architecture Committee.

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