Office of the Dean - TSACS
Daya Irene Taylor was selected to serve as the Interim Dean for the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS) in August of 2014. Taylor joined the university in 2009 and has a master's degree in Architecture from Clemson University, and a bachelor of science degree in Architectural Studies from Florida A&M University.
The Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science is named after Robert Robinson Taylor, who is believed to have been the first black graduate of MIT and the country’s first academically trained black architect. Recruited by Tuskegee’s first president, Booker T. Washington, Taylor came to the university in 1892 and spent nearly his entire career teaching, developing the architecture and construction trade program, and designing more than 20 campus buildings.
Daya Irene Taylor (no relation), who was named interim dean of the school continues to marvel at the significance of Taylor's contributions to the university. She believes that acknowledging the contributions of black architects like Taylor is paramount to building the future generations of leaders in design and construction.
Many of Robert R. Taylor’s Tuskegee structures such as Armstrong Hall, Emery residence halls, Rockefeller Hall, Tantum Hall, White Hall and the Willcox buildings still stand and are used to this day. He was also the architect of The Oaks, Washington’s home and modern day historic site.
“These buildings were an inspiration to our past alumni in the building trades and they remain as student-built icons that motivate our current students to excel,” Daya Irene Taylor said. “Now, through the launching of the Black Heritage Stamp in his honor, Robert R. Taylor will be an inspiration not only to the Tuskegee University community, but to the country as well."
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