Office of the Dean - TSACS

Dr. Carla Jackson Bell
Dean and Professor

Please be sure 
to come, visit, 
and experience the 
new excitement 
and enthusiasm 
in the 
Taylor School.

Wilcox A, Rm 101
Tuskegee, AL 36088

(334) 727-8014

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088


A Message from the Dean

I welcome you on behalf of the faculty and staff at The Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS). The TSACS family is passionate about the intellectual energy generated by our students, our traditions, and our history, as well as our future. Contained herein, you’ll find information for prospective and current students, alumni, and supporters. 

As dean, I am not only honored to lead this school in an outcomes-based direction, but I am also dedicated to holistic student-centered and mentoring atmosphere. Students are our first priority. My vision is to take student learning a step further by moving towards a 21st century culturally relevant environment and renewing Washington's mission to educate the whole person.  We will not only train our students to have more culturally adaptive hands, but we will cultivate the mind, and ultimately strive to purify the hearts of the entire TSACS family. Our mission is to develop skilled professionals who are capable of playing active roles in shaping communities through the building of meaningful places for all people.  As such, our intent is to keep working to help our current and future students to have a competitive advantage that will both distinguish themselves from students at peer institutions and advance their career goals.    

We will also envision a new identity in the minds of alumni and stakeholders to help carry out our mission and the academic rigor to nurture a generation of highly competitive designers and builders. Under my administration, the TSACS brand will be reintroduced to the academic community by building on the four RE’s: re-newing best practices to recruit and retain stellar students, re-vitalizing multicultural and global understanding, re-branding the scholarly footprint of the school, and re-connecting professional collaborations with alumni and corporations to acquire support. Going forward, these RE-building strategies will ultimately strengthen ties with alumni firms and funding agencies to increase enrollment and support for scholarships, internships, and faculty development outcomes.

I also envision multidisciplinary collaborations among our graduates, corporate leaders, and other institutions to ensure the school is well poised to succeed in our rapidly changing world.  We can only do that if we re-new, re-vitalize, re-brand and re-connect ourselves as a school that is aware of the ever-changing student population and serves as a positive impact for a better future in underrepresented communities, especially in Tuskegee and the surrounding areas. 

We are proud to have the distinction of having the largest percentage of licensed architects than any other architecture program in the southeast. As Tuskegee University grows, I’m committed to leading the TSACS’s family to change expectations, perceptions, and motivations and work towards common goals to build a stronger vision for transformative change. - Dr.Carla Jackson Bell

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